Patient Outcomes

Ideal Option is driven by our mission to save lives, reunite families, and heal communities from the devastating effects of substance use disorder. To ensure our practices and protocols are having a positive impact, we collect and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data.  

2023 Annual Report

Here you will find our downloadable 2023 Annual Report containing an aggregated view of our patients’ geographic and demographic characteristics, their stage and duration of care, adherence to treatment, and their substance use over time based on lab specimens collected from patients who were active in 2023. As of December 2023, Ideal Option's patient census was 15,945.

Ideal Option data confirms the rapidly changing trends in street drug formulations; notably the increasing prevalence of synthetic opioids and cutting agents such as xylazine. In 2023, 75% of new patients at Ideal Option tested positive for multiple illicit substances. Despite the complexities of treating polysubstance use, positive rates for fentanyl and methamphetamine (the two most commonly detected substances) declined by 98% and 87%, respectively, among patients who remained in treatment and adhered to the prescribed medication.

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Raw Data Available on AWS Marketplace

Ideal Option's de-identified data sets for 2020 and 2021 are available for a free subscription on AWS Marketplace; Amazon's curated cloud-based digital catalog for third-party data.

Both 2020 and 2021 data sets include more than 16 million definitive test results on urine specimens collected from over 34,000 patients treated for substance use disorder at Ideal Option locations across 10 states. Each urine drug test screens for 41 different substances. Patient characteristics such as gender and location by state and county are also included.

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Self-Reported Outcomes

Self-reported outcomes gathered via survey of over 2,100 Ideal Option patients after a minimum of 6 months of treatment.

97% of patients report their quality of life has improved

"This is place is great and they played a pivotal role in turning my life around. I hated myself, didn’t look at myself in the mirror or recognize myself if I did. Finally I have achieved self confidence and am able to live an honest and fulfilling life. I never knew I could be so happy. Best of luck to anyone reading this that’s going through it. There’s hope, don’t give up, get help."

93% of patients report their physical health has improved

"I have been drug-free since January 4th, 2020. Today, I eat healthy meals, I go to the gym everyday. I have gained healthy weight, I have become very muscular. I feel good about myself. I am happy. And I am loved more than ever by all of my family members. Thank you to all of those who helped me.”

94% of patients report their financial situation has improved

"I have been off of meth and heroin ever since I started taking Suboxone. I still have the same job and apartment that I had when I started treatment at Ideal Option, I have money in the bank, I have a car, and I have my family back. Every single aspect of my life has improved.”

96% of patients report their relationships have improved

"I don't think I would have my family if it wasn't for the program. Me and my husband are both on the program and we've been sober for almost 3 years. We didn't have anything before Suboxone. We didn't have our kids, we didn't have a home, I didn't have a job or a vehicle, my relationship was iffy. It all came together once we found this program. I couldn't be happier right now. I have control over my life again thanks to Suboxone.”

94% of patients report their housing situation has improved

"Suboxone saved my life. I was homeless and addicted to opiates for 10 years and couldn't hold a job. Since I've started Suboxone I have had the same job for 3 years, I have a nice apartment and two cars. Its really helped me turn my life around."

94% of patients report their employment situation has improved

"It made it possible for me to get my life back on track and I actually just today found out that I was hired on full time to the job that I've been wanting to get for a long time now.  It pays really well and has benefits, something I've never had in a job before."

97% of patients have had no drug-related arrests or charges

"Ideal Option saved my life. I have been sober for over 2 years. I always have extra money in my pockets. We take our family on very regular vacations now, we never could do that before. I dont worry about going to jail anymore or worry about losing my children. Really has saved my life, I'm extremely grateful!”

96% of patients have had no visits to the ER for drug-related medical care since starting treatment 

"Finally after years of using drugs and being abused on countless occasions I found myself on my death bed. After 3 months in the hospital, open heart surgery and multiple breathing tubes I was finally almost recovered. I knew God had given me a second chance and I was not going to waste it. Thanks to Ideal Option I have stayed sober for almost 3 years, have my own place and a steady job. I am married and live such an amazing life. Thank you for showing me that I can be happy and stay clean!"

96% of patients report that their emotional health has improved since starting treatment 

"I have never felt so truly happy until I started this program. It has saved my life! Thank y’all for what you have done not only for me but for my family and loved ones! I wake up every day with a renewed sense of life. I’m not afraid anymore to share my life in the past if it will help another!"

88% of patients consider themselves to be in stable recovery 

"Ideal Option has been a life saving treatment for me. I've been extremely stable in my recovery since I started and to say it saved my life is an understatement. I am now happily married, have two beautiful boys and we bought our first home. All thanks to becoming sober at Ideal Option. Thanks for never judging and always giving great advice!"

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