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Youth & Shelter Services reports high success rate

September 10, 2008
The Daily Freeman Journal

Drug and alcohol addiction continues to be a problem for youth and families in Webster County. Helping to raise awareness that addiction treatment and recovery works, Youth & Shelter Services of Hamilton County invites everyone in Hamilton County to celebrate September as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

Recovery Month is a national initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The theme for this year's Recovery Month is "Join the Voices for Recovery: Real People, Real Recovery." It is the 19th annual observance.

Since it started as Iowa's first community-based residential chemical dependency treatment program in 1978, Youth & Shelter Services has served over 3,550 youth from 98 counties and seven states through its residential treatment programs.

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The YSS Chemical Dependence residential treatment units, Youth Recovery House (for boys) and Seven-12 House (for girls), in Ames have served 26 adolescents from Hamilton County since August 1981.

Every three months, YSS staff conducts follow-up studies with clients discharged from its programs. Fifteen follow-up interviews with randomly selected former YSS clients were recently completed and provide valuable and positive news.

On admission to the program, eight out of 15 YSS program participants reported a total of 16 arrests in the 12 months prior to admission. At the time of follow-up, six clients reported a total of 10 arrests within six months (or more) since discharge. This is a 37 percent reduction in arrests.

When participants began treatment, Six out of 15 clients reported a total of six hospitalizations in the last six months. At the time of follow-up, one client reported one 1 hospitalization in the same period since discharge regarding substance abuse issues. This is an 83 percent reduction in hospitalizations.

On admission to the program, two clients reported using methamphetamines. At the time of follow-up, no clients reported currently using methamphetamines. This is a 100 percent reduction rate.

When beginning to receive YSS services, 11 out of 15 clients reported using alcohol. According to the follow-up studies, four clients reported current alcohol use. This is a 64 percent reduction.

One of the most widely abused illicit drugs was marijuana. On admission to the program, 15 out of 15 of the surveyed clients reported using marijuana. At the time of follow-up, three clients reported currently using marijuana. This is an 80 percent reduction rate.

YSS adolescent residential chemical dependency treatment usually lasts up to 90 days.

Along with chemical dependency treatment, YSS provides a large variety of services to children and families, including shelter, foster care, youth development, family counseling, mentoring, runaway and homeless services. It has 19 different facilities in 12 counties in Central Iowa serving a statewide population of youth and families.

For further information, please contact YSS Associate CD Services Director Jill Hill at (515) 233-4930 or contact her by E-mail at: jhill@yss.ames.ia.us .

 
 

 

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