Early report on the effectiveness of a recovery model oriented therapeutic community for individuals with complex and persistent recovery challenges

Psychiatr Q. 2014 Sep;85(3):329-43. doi: 10.1007/s11126-014-9292-8.


This study summarizes the results of a 10 year longitudinal study of individual recovery progress within a residential program based upon therapeutic community principles and a Seven Domains Enhanced Recovery Model that emerged from a grounded theory analysis of real life recovery experiences (Young and Ensing, Psychiatr Rehab J 22:219-231, 1999). The four primary hypotheses of the study predicted significant and moderately sized effect sizes on a holistic set of measures, corresponding to the Enhanced Recovery Model. Results indicate support for all hypotheses; statistically significant and moderate to large effects were found in all domain measures for the participants, most of whom had multiple unsuccessful previous treatment attempts. These results indicate that this theoretical structure and residential model is effective in supporting recovery for individuals with complex and persistent challenges across the broad range of recovery domains. Conceptually, this also adds quantitative support for the Seven Domains Enhanced Recovery Model, complementing previous qualitative studies.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Psychological
  • Residential Treatment / methods*
  • Therapeutic Community*
  • Treatment Outcome*