Higher Ground Drug Rehabilitation Trust

Higher Ground trustHigher Ground provides abstinence based addiction treatment, within a 48-bed modified Therapeutic Community (TC) for adult New Zealanders, with a duration of up to 18 weeks and a holistic and multidimensional approach to treatment.

Staff are trained therapists who use group, individual and family approaches including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), psycho-education, relapse prevention and family therapy. There is 12 step facilitation and education, plus a Māori programme. Prior to entering the TC, a pre-admission community team provides assessment, support and group work to develop readiness for the intensive residential support. After graduation from the TC, continuing care is provided consisting of group and individual therapies, and supportive accommodation while people re-adjust to life in the community.

Higher Ground’s outcome monitoring programme aims to provide evidence of clients’ progress, assist with clinical management and identify areas where the programme might be improved. Higher Ground collects longitudinal data on all consenting clients using a battery of validated psychometric tools. These research tools are administered at regular intervals including pre-admission, admission, 42 days, 90 days, discharge, and 3, 6, 9 and 12 months through to discharge and up to 12 months post discharge.

Julian King has led a number of research and evaluation projects for Higher Ground over the past three years. Examples include a review of the design and functioning of the outcome monitoring system, analysis of outcomes for Higher Ground clients, and qualitative research into clients’ perceptions of the value of the Higher Ground programme.

Reports are available on Higher Ground’s research page: http://www.higherground.org.nz/research/