Patients who enter BAART Programs for treatment of opioid use disorder significantly reduce or eliminate completely their illicit drug use. With that goal in mind, one way we measure success in our treatment programs is the reduction and eventual cessation of illicit opiate use. Over time, more than 80% of our patients stop using illicit opioids. This improvement is shown in the graphs below.
The green bar on the left represents that 100% of patients are using opioids, usually multiple times each day, when they enter BAART medication assisted treatment programs. The remaining bars show the percentage of patients still using illicit opioids in subsequent years of treatment.
The results are dramatic: While 100% of the patients are using 4-6 times each day when they walk in the door, after two years less than 20% are using illicit opiates.