Data Drop: Loved One Risk Factors

September 09, 2017 | Kristen Goettsch, Senior Evaluation Scientist

This week’s data drop is 64%.

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From January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, more than half of the Face It TOGETHER (FIT) loved one (LO) clients who engaged in addiction management coaching for at least 60 days reported a decrease in their overall risk associated with addiction wellness.

In this timeframe, 100 FIT LO clients completed 158 FIT Risk Assessments - used to assess the risk for recurrence of issues that impact wellness. This instrument, comprised of 13 unique metrics, is administered every 30 days of enrollments.

Clients are assigned a score which is calculated through individual metric responses. Twenty-eight FIT LO clients completed at least one follow-up survey, which comprised the cohort for this analysis.

For the cohort of LO clients, 64% demonstrated a decrease in their overall risk score. At baseline, 7% were low risk, 83% moderate risk, and 10% high risk. After 60 days of coaching with a LO peer, 32% of the cohort were low risk and 68% moderate risk.

The cohort of LO clients demonstrated positive change in all the 13 risk assessment metrics at 60-day follow-up. The percent change of clients that responded favorably, baseline to follow-up, was significant in four metrics:

  • Compromising their standards and values;
  • Feeling like they were giving more than they felt they should be;
  • Giving up or cutting back on activities that are important or interesting to them; and
  • Amount of stress in their life (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Loved One Risk Factors Baseline to Follow-up

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Reduction in risk factors is just one of many aspects that FIT LO addiction management coaches consider when working with our LO clients on their journey to wellness.  

We believe that a healthy LO is important to the wellness process of the person with the disease. When LO’s build strength, they increase their capacity to tolerate what they can’t change and change what they can.

Learn more about how we help support loved ones impacted by addiction.