What can you do with RESULT?
❝ different stakeholders want different things ❞
At its heart RESULT is about assessing addiction problems and following progress in overcoming them. The completion of and reflection on rating scale scores, the TEST YOURSELF assessment pages, is in itself helpful in establishing recovery from addiction problems. The TEST YOURSELF pages have scales to measure all aspects of addiction. There are also five tasks, to complete online, that help set out plans for recovery. The EVIDENCE pages summarise the pros and cons of scales that are commonly used by addiction practitioners, how to score them, and the supporting scientific articles. Measures are rather pointless without an understanding of the basic CONCEPTS of addiction and an expectation of what TREATMENT can offer - newcomers to addiction might find it useful to digest these pages. The PRACTITIONER pages pull together the evidence on what makes for effective therapists and has assessments of practice.
Think of RESULT as a toolkit and use it:
to assess problems
to guide treatment planning
to set homework tasks
to learn about addictions and their treatment
to supervise staff
Here are some shortcuts:
🤔 If you are worried...
Your priority is to decide if you have a problem that you need to do something about: 1. Do you have an addictive lifestyle? 2. Do you drink or use drugs too much? The two tend to go together but some people keep their lives together while still drinking or taking drugs in harmful amounts. My Quick Check takes a couple of minutes - reflect on the feedback and see if you want to explore more facts about addiction starting with the Concepts pages.
😳 If you are a self changer...
Many people choose to self direct their journey out of an addiction problem. If this is you then, first, set aside some quiet time to do a full self assessment with My Addiction. Next your priority is to work through the tasks for recovery - you can go back and repeat these tasks until you are sure you have achieved each of them. Once you are on the road to recovery follow your progress with My Recovery. Keep all your self assessments and the feedback in your own portfolio (see below).
🤕 If you are in treatment...
Success in treatment is much more likely if you have a good relationship with your therapist. You can check this out with My Therapist - your therapist should also do this test and then you can compare notes and resolve any differences that you might have. Do a full self assessment with My Addiction and then talk to your therapist about working through the tasks for recovery as ‘homework’ between sessions. Once you are on the road to recovery follow your progress with My Recovery. Keep all your self assessments and the feedback in your own portfolio (see below).
🙂 If you are in recovery...
Recovery is something to work at over months and years - some would say for your lifetime. It can be difficult to keep your motivation over a long period and so you will find it helpful to complete the My Recovery self assessment from time to time and get feedback on which areas of your life you still need to work on. It is rewarding to see your recovery grow in strength. Keep all your self assessments and the feedback in your own portfolio (see below).
😍 If you want to help someone with a problem…
It is not unusual to find a family member or a friend with an addiction problem and to want to help them deal with it. Getting loved ones who are not yet ready to change can be challenging. Equally supporting those who have started their recovery journey has challenging ups and downs. How best to help has been extensively researched and there are a few simple principles to follow that make a difference.
🤗 If you are a practitioner…
Your priority as a therapist is to reflect on your therapeutic skills and work on areas that need to improve. It is best to do this with a supervisor or peer group. It is good practice to look at your therapeutic relationship with your clients. Make sure that you have watched the videos on the ‘Practitioner Pages’ and make sure that you understand the key themes discussed on the ‘Concepts Pages’. Keep all your self assessments and the feedback in your own portfolio (see below).
Always demonstrate how to use RESULT to your clients. For easy access give them a business card with a QR code to take them to self assessments or set up an icon on their mobile (see mobile devices). Once your client finds it easy to use RESULT you have a tool for setting homework which might be outcome measures or recovery tasks. If you are collecting aggregate data (see below) give your client the agency and the helper codes to enter when they complete assessments or tasks.
🤓 If you are a student of addiction…
There is a lot of educational material to be discovered in RESULT. If you are getting to grips with what addiction is all about then start by getting an understanding of the ‘Concepts Pages’. If you are interested in being a support worker or therapist then watch the videos on the ‘Practitioner Pages’ and get an understanding of what can be expected from treatment on the ‘Treatment Pages’.
😕 If you are a researcher…
RESULT is all about measurement in addictions. The ‘Evidence Pages’ are a comparison site for scales commonly used in addiction research and treatment. Each scale is given a ‘Quality Framework’ rating and the supporting evidence is set out on a page of references to journal articles on the psychometric properties of the scales. Where permission has been given scales and their scoring instructions are set out on individual pages and can be downloaded.
📲 Use RESULT on your phone like an app
📕 Create your portfolio…
The summaries and feedback that are generated every time you complete a self assessment are a valuable record of your progress. Keep them safe:
A portfolio is a collection of SUMMARIES from your self assessments
Your portfolio may be electronic or printed hard copy
Before starting your self assessments decide how you will store your portfolio
On completion of each self assessment you can email or download a SUMMARY
Share your portfolio with trusted helpers to build your working relationshi
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🔑 Collect anonymous aggregate data
Anonymity and ease of access is a key plank of the RESULT website philosophy. An implication is that agencies or individual practitioners are unable to see aggregate data relating to their service users - albeit summaries of self assessments can be shared by agreement with a service user. Anonymous aggregate data can be sent to individual practitioners or agencies.
Optional agency identifier codes can be added
Optional practitioner identifier codes can be added
Optional to add a client ID
There is a small charge for this service. Contact RESULT at email@example.com