Happy new year to you. May 2020 be filled with grace and hope.
Part of what we do here at Aspell is collect data. We interview our clients prior to admission and again six months post-completion. We do this to get a better understanding of our clients and create a more personalized treatment for them, and to look for ways we can improve our services offered.
We would also like to use this data to give our supporters a better picture of our client population.
In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, we admitted 360 clients into our intensive 28-day treatment program. Twenty-five percent of our clients come from right here in Madison county. Gibson, Hardin, Henderson, and Obion round out the top five counties. Over 90 percent of our clients come from West Tennessee.
Of the 360 admissions we had in that time period, 74 percent of them completed our treatment program. The national average percentage of completion is only fifty-three percent. We are so proud of our excellent treatment teams who helped so many clients achieve this milestone.
Part of the admissions interview addresses drug usage stats such as age of first use and drug of choice. While many of our clients used opioids, we found that meth amphetamine was the most common drug of choice. Seventy-four percent of our clients were 20 years or younger at the age of first use. Six percent of them were year 10 years old or younger. Three clients estimated they were five years old at their age of first use. Click the graphs at the top of the post to see a detailed breakdown of primary drugs used by the clients we treated.
In 2019, our compliance director Tammy Yosich revamped our post-treatment survey methods in order to reach as many clients as possible and acquire more accurate data. This resulted in an increase in the percentage of clients reached. We successfully contacted 61 percent of the clients who completed treatment this year.
Six months after completion, 62 percent of the clients contacted were in stable housing. Sixty-four percent of the clients contacted were employed, and 61 percent of our clients were practicing chemical abstinence six months after completing our program. We celebrate these lives that are changed for the better, and we look for ways to improve our methods so that even more clients can be successful upon completing our program.
We also express our gratitude to you, our supporters, for helping us show our clients a better way. If you would like to donate, you may do so by clicking the support tab at the top of the page.