At the end of the first year, the Kiloby Center for Recovery surveyed past clients to determine how they were doing after participation in our program. This article addresses the results of those clients who participated at the Center for at least one week specifically for generalized anxiety. These results do not include clients who came for issues such as trauma, depression, OCD, addiction or self-esteem issues. Many of those issues have been reported in separate blogs on this site. Although anxiety is closely related to trauma, trauma is addressed in a separate “results” blog on this site because the clients who presented trauma distinctly listed “trauma” as the main issue, not generalized anxiety.
Only two clients who came to the Center in our first year specifically listing “anxiety” as their main issue failed to respond to the survey. We have no way of verifying their present state of anxiety. Without knowing their present states, we cannot include them in these results – either favorably or unfavorably.
Of the clients who participated in our program for one week or more and who answered the survey, they reported the following results:
Each client was asked to scale their present anxiety at the one year mark of the existence of our program. At that point, all of the clients had completed our program and had been back into their normal lives for various periods of time (anywhere between 11 and 5 months back home). The scale in the survey was as follows: 0=no reduction at all. 5=great reduction.
- 75% reported a great reduction in anxiety, marking the highest number on our scale (5).
- 25% reported a reduction less than (5).
- All reporting clients reported a reduction to some extent. In other words, no client marked (0) for “no reduction at all.”
The lowest reported reduction was from a client who marked (1). She continues to use our tools everyday and states,”although there is still anxiety, I escape things less that give me anxiety and am more willing to face it.” We continue to provide support to this client in our aftercare system.
Although the Center cannot speak to the success of the two clients who did not respond, our statistics on anxiety are very promising, with 75% reporting the maximum reduction on our scale. We use a unique mindfulness approach at the Kiloby Center. Our results are higher than reduction from medications and many other anxiety treatments. For example, psychcentral.com reported that research in the past 10 to 15 years has revealed that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most effective treatment for anxiety (their report did not include our mindfulness approach). Great Britain’s Centre for Economic Performance found CBT to have a 50% success rate for anxiety. Vanderbilt University published results of several studies that monitored the success of the best anxiety medications: http://healthpsych.psy.vanderbilt.edu/gad.htm. In that article, Vanderbilt reported that even the best meds produced less than a 75% success rate. The Kiloby Center for Recovery is not a research and study organization. We do not test with control groups, so we do not purport to match the scientific validity of these other studies. But based on our own clients self-reporting, our surveys speak for themselves.
The Center has learned through this survey that anxiety is best treated at the Center through working with clients for an extended period of time (two weeks or more). We believe 30 days or more is the most effective way to treat anxiety at the Center.
For more information on our work with anxiety, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.