Relational Recovery

In partnership with the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, a formal and comprehensive evaluation of Beit T’Shuvah’s primary care program was conducted between 2015-2017. Dr. Jorja Leap served as the Principal Investigator and Dr. Sergio Rizzo‐Fontanesi served as the Project Director. The evaluation had three primary goals: (1) understand what contributes to long‐term sobriety and recovery among former Beit T’Shuvah residents; (2) examine program processes in order to contribute to organizational development; and (3) quantify outcomes and sobriety rates among current Beit T’Shuvah residents.

In efforts to understand how former Beit T’Shuvah residents maintain their sobriety and recovery, a Success Case Study was undertaken with 20 former Beit T’Shuvah residents. This qualitative study was designed to uncover deep and meaningful thematic content, focusing on depth and rigorous documentation rather than breadth or generalization in the statistical sense. The 20 former residents were purposefully selected to represent a variety of demographics, all having been residents at Beit T’Shuvah across different eras of its organizational lifecycle. Results from the Success Case Study revealed a number of individual, programmatic, and organizational factors that contribute to long‐term sobriety and recovery among former residents. Undercutting all of these factors, however, is the importance of community, attachment, and relationships – attributes that are endemic to Beit T’Shuvah’s organizational culture and treatment philosophy. As a result of the findings from the Success Case Study, the UCLA evaluation team coined Beit T’Shuvah’s treatment approach as “Relational Recovery” given its focus on fostering healing relationships at every step in its program.

For more information about UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Longitudinal Study please download this pdf.

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Longitudinal Study