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Evaluating Addiction Treatment Outcomes

Miller, Michael M. MD, FASAM, FAPA* † ‡

Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment: September 2007 - Volume 6 - Issue 3 - p 101-106
doi: 10.1097/01.adt.0000210723.64058.d9
Original Articles

Addiction treatment is an effective clinical intervention, though employers and other purchasers of healthcare services or health insurance frequently have doubts about this fact. Public officials and even physicians are often pessimistic about the ability of addiction treatment to generate worthwhile results. A major reason for pessimism has to do with the way people look at addiction and its treatment, not appreciating that it is a chronic disease, and that most evaluations of chronic disease interventions assess postintervention clinical status while the treatment condition is still in place—not 3 or 12 months after active treatment has been discontinued. Evaluating addiction and its treatment appropriately, contemporary, evidence-based, multidimensional addiction treatment will not be found wanting as an effective intervention for one of our nation's major public health challenges.

*NewStart Alcohol/Drug Treatment Program, Meriter Hospital

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI

American Society of Addiction Medicine, Chevy Chase, MD

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Reprints: Michael M. Miller, MD, FASAM, FAPA, 1015 Gammon Lane, Madison, WI 53719 (e-mail:

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.