The Recovery Journey Project

The Recovery Journey Project is a multi-year research study that aims to better understand the recovery process among those who receive mental health and addiction treatment. It is one of the only longitudinal studies in Canada designed to measure key indicators of recovery over time. The data collected can be used to monitor and evaluate treatment quality and effectiveness, generate new knowledge about the recovery process, and help shape the future of mental health and addiction treatment in Canada.

The Recovery Journey Project is conducted and led by researchers at Homewood Research Institute (HRI). HRI works directly with key treatment providers to collect data from former patients and clients. Results from the study will be shared with many different audiences including the participants themselves, treatment providers, researchers, and the general public.

The Recovery Journey Project has five key features:

Recovery Questionnaires

Recovery Questionnaires

Brief, self-administered, web-based questionnaires measuring various indicators of recovery (e.g., mental health, substance use, life functioning, health services use, overall quality of life, etc.) at one, three, six and twelve months post-treatment.
Data Collection

E-Data Collection

The Recovery Journey Project uses an automated email system to distribute Recovery Questionnaires. Electronic data (E-Data) collection via online survey software, is used to receive questionnaire responses in order to optimize efficiency, privacy and data quality.
Recovery Checkup

Recovery Check-Ups

At each follow-up time point, individuals assess their perceived need for further mental health and/or addictions services and are provided with information on how to access services available in their area.

Data Storage, Management and Analysis

Data are stored in Canada on a secured server. Dedicated HRI staff actively manage incoming data to ensure data integrity, quality, and consistency in documentation, cleaning, and analysis procedures.
Knowledge Translation

Knowledge Translation Activities

Research findings are summarized in reports, infographics and presentations that can be shared with a variety of audiences (e.g., participants, treatment providers, researchers, the general public, etc.)

The Recovery Questionnaire

To look at changes in recovery outcomes over time, we collect and analyze data from participants who have agreed to complete questionnaires at one, three, six, and twelve months post-discharge. The 20-minute questionnaires ask participants about various indicators of recovery, including:

• Mental health

• Substance use

• Confidence to remain abstinent

• Cravings

• Environmental risks and social supports

• Aftercare involvement

• Physical health and activity

• Spirituality

• Social functioning

• Occupational functioning

• Health services use

• Quality of life and life satisfaction

History of the Project

The Recovery Journey Project, originally called Post-Discharge Outcomes (PDO) Monitoring, was launched in the Addiction Medicine Program (AMP, formerly known as the Addiction Medicine Service) at Homewood Health Centre in 2015. Over time, the scope of the monitoring system evolved, and we have upgraded recovery measures, data collection procedures, analyses, and reporting practices to establish the full-scale research study currently implemented in AMP (as of April 2018), and The Residence at Homewood (as of August 2018).