SIROW is pleased to announce our new project: The Seven Challenges-Adult Treatment Effectiveness Study

This 2 year project starting in March is led by SIROW’s Dr. Josephine Korchmaros in partnership with the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine’s Beacon Addiction Treatment Center. The purpose of this project is to examine the effectiveness of The Seven Challenges adapted for adults in order to build evidence for the model. To this end, SIROW and UAB will conduct an experimental study to address two questions. The first is whether adult clients of The Seven Challenges improve their behavioral and mental health outcomes (e.g., recidivism; alcohol and other drug use; co-occurring issues) as a result of engaging in The Seven Challenges program. The second is whether the improvements in behavioral and mental health outcomes experienced by adult clients of the Beacon Addiction Treatment Center who engage in The Seven Challenges program are greater than those experienced by adult clients of the Beacon Addiction Treatment Center who receive services related to job readiness (a ‘no treatment’ control group). Findings from this study will be used to inform the provision of substance use treatment locally at the Beacon Addiction Treatment Center. Moreover, they will be used to inform the field of substance use treatment regarding the effectiveness of The Seven Challenges and its potential to effectively address substance abuse problems within the broader population of adults across the nation suffering from these problems.

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