To determine the success of Interactive Journaling® with outpatient and inpatient alcohol and drug treatment populations, The Change Companies® conducted nine interview/studies at seven treatment sites using a structured questionnaire provided to participants in the program. The population was made up of individuals who were attending aftercare or continuing care programs at the treatment sites and who had used The Change Companies®' Journals during primary care. The purpose of these studies was to determine the strengths and weaknesses of The Change Companies®' materials in order to improve the Journals.
A total of 287 individuals participated in the questionnaire. The length of time in aftercare ranged from just having completed primary care to 13 months of aftercare with the average length of time out of treatment being 104 days. Key findings throughout all groups are described below.
Participants indicated that graphics were found to be very helpful in many instances. Also, participants appreciated pages that offered the greatest amount of journaling opportunities the most. The Journal was found to be very useful with or without counselor involvement and valued the ability to share the Journal with their peers. Less than 5% of all participants reported that the Journal was too difficult to understand.
Nearly 90% of individuals reported that the Journal played an important role during primary care with 74% reporting that the Journal helped them stay clean and sober after primary care. Eighty percent of participants reported that the Journal helped them to recognize and express their feelings, and since completing primary care, seven out of 10 respondents use the Journal on a regular basis (at least once per week).