Research and Professional Publications on Amity Circle Tree Ranch
In the June, 2006 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Report titled Understanding Evidence-Based Practices for Co-Occurring Disorders, it was stated:
“At the program level, the following models have an evidence base for producing positive clinical outcomes for persons with COD: Modified Therapeutic Communities (De Leon, 1993; De Leon et al., 2000; Sacks et al., 1998, 1999).”
“For three decades, National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA has conducted several large studies to advance scientific knowledge of the outcomes of drug abuse treatment as typically delivered in the United States. These studies found that participation in a Therapeutic Community was associated with several positive outcomes. For example, the Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study (DATOS), the most recent long-term study of drug treatment outcomes, showed that those who successfully completed treatment in a Therapeutic Community had lower levels of cocaine, heroin, and alcohol use; criminal behavior; unemployment; and indicators of depression than they had before treatment.” NIDA Research Report - Therapeutic Community: NIH Publication No. 02-4877, Printed August 2002.
“Each year, therapeutic communities (TCs) serve tens of thousands of people with varying degrees of drug problems, many of whom also have complex social and psychological problems. Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has helped document the important role TCs serve in treating individuals with drug-related problems.” Glen R. Hanson, Ph.D., D.D.S., Acting Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
In the August, 2002 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Research Report on Therapeutic Communities, the Amity Foundation was the only Therapeutic Community mentioned by name.