Introduction: Social engagement is a significant contributor to the treatment success of individuals with prior substance use. This project aims to determine if social engagement improves the progression through and experience of treatment of mothers with prior opioid use at an inpatient recovery facility. We hypothesize that increased social engagement will improve treatment progress and experience.
Methods: The project is centered on mothers seeking treatment for opioid use at an urban inpatient treatment facility. The study obtains qualitative and quantitative data through interviews and therapy sessions. The data informs the extent and quality of social engagement and individual perspectives of the facility residents on their current social engagement. The data was evaluated for major themes and analyzed using basic statistics (mean and mode).
Results: 92.35% of social engagement discussions in therapy sessions were neutral or positive, and 45% of interviewees were interested in family therapy. The average number of support persons mentioned during each therapy session was 1.44, and the most often mentioned type of social support was the resident’s partner or father of her baby. The most common time duration spent engaging with support persons was up to 1.5 hours per week.
Conclusion: The preliminary data is insufficient to conclude if the data supports that increased social engagement leads to improved treatment progress. This current data requires the integration of interview data with data reported from therapy sessions to better assess treatment experience. Long-term observation is necessary obtain a broader perspective on the development of social engagement and its impact on treatment progress.
Wu, Marisa; Gannon, PhD MSPH, Meghan; and Abatemarco, PhD, MSW, Diane, "Assessing the Role of Virtual Social Networks in the Treatment Progress of Mothers Recovering from Opiate Addiction" (2021). Phase 1. Paper 1.