Medication-Assisted Treatment Program for Opioid Addiction: A Program Evaluation

Purpose: With the growing opioid epidemic in the United States, many treatment programs for opioid addiction have begun using Medication-Assisted Treatment of opioid addiction to assist clients with detox and the journey to sobriety. This project aimed to evaluate one specific opioid addiction treatment agency in L.A. County through the use of the logic model. Hypothesis/Research Question: Are the activities/interventions provided throughout treatment at the agency supported by research and proven effective for long-term success? Methods: Researchers used resources available using annual budget reports and public information available via the agency's website, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, and information released by The National Institute on Drug Abuse website. Researchers were able to view and learn about activities, interventions, and treatment options for participants of all ages. The agency's expected outcomes were gathered through the agency's website and Los Angeles County Department of Health Services website. The logic model was used to connect agency output with an expected outcome that was then evaluated by researchers. Unique qualities about the population and community served were discovered through literature review and information available via Los Angeles County Department of Health Services website. The information discovered, along with the agency's activities and interventions through their public website, was used to aid in the evaluation of how the agency approaches these unique qualities within the agency, their participants, and the community served. Results: Researchers used the logic model to evaluate the agency’s treatment programs such as buprenorphine, individual and group therapy, EMDR, mindfulness, meditation, and neurofeedback as a holistic approach to opiate addiction. Discussion: Researchers performed research on studies and published articles discussing the outcomes of each of the six activities/interventions on the treatment of opioid addiction over time. Given the research available, researchers then discussed the implications these results have on the agency and similar agencies using activities/interventions during this opioid epidemic.