ADAPT Aftercare Toolkit

Partnership/Type: Air Force
Status: Completed Project

This evidence informed ADAPT Aftercare toolkit was created to facilitate the standardization of Aftercare among Air Force ADAPT clinics. It is supported by current scientific research on treating patients with a substance use disorder (SUD). The goal of this product is to enable ADAPT staff to present evidence-based and evidence-informed relapse prevention strategies in group and/or individual settings as well as personalize treatment options based on each patient’s diagnosis and/or follow-on drinking plan (e.g., abstaining from alcohol or responsible drinking).

As outlined in the plan of work, the Clearinghouse began this project by conducting a literature review aimed at examining all available research on: (1) evidence-based relapse prevention strategies; (2) aftercare treatment options based on diagnosis; and (3) aftercare treatment options based on follow-on drinking plan. Results relevant to the Air Force’s Aftercare program were limited. However, over 57,102 articles were initially located utilizing various search terms. Exclusions were made to limit articles to those being published in the last 10 years (i.e., since 2010). After weeding through the literature in more detail, articles were examined thoroughly for use within the Aftercare Toolkit project. More information the literature review process can be obtained by the Clearinghouse upon request.

Through the examination of all relevant research articles, key evidence-informed components of alcohol and/or substance use treatment were identified for inclusion in this toolkit. Each component included in this toolkit focuses on a different topic that your patient may benefit from during ADAPT Aftercare. Each ADAPT patient is different. Each patient has different needs, different goals, and different levels of success with treatment and sobriety. This toolkit is intended to be used by ADAPT staff in a manner that allows ADAPT staff to pick and choose the tools that are needed for each individual patient or group of patients.