Avery Lane is an award-winning treatment center for women by women. Clients are given the tools and support to heal under the expert guidance of addiction recovery and mental health professionals. In 2023, Vista Research Group, Inc. compiled client survey reports from women who participated in programs at Avery Lane.

The reports documented outcomes a month, six months, and a year post-treatment. Tracking alumni progress allows clinicians to determine if changes to the treatment curriculum would benefit current and future clients.


Recovery Outcomes at Avery Lane

Success looks different for everyone. However, Avery Lane strives to provide clients with the resources, skill development, and care they need to achieve long-term sobriety. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “Because of the frequent co-occurrence of SUD, mood disorders, and history of trauma, women in SUD treatment are more likely to benefit from a treatment environment that is supportive, safe, and nurturing.” Avery Lane provides a welcoming community where women empower one another to overcome challenges in recovery.

Treatment and Success Rate

According to the Avery Lane Treatment Effectiveness Report by Vista Research Group, Inc., “Among 142 patients who discharged from Avery Lane between May 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022, 73% completed all recommended treatment.” The average completion rate for similar programs surveyed by Vista Research Group, Inc. is 63%. In addition, “Most (80%) Avery Lane patients submitting progress monitoring surveys reported being ‘very satisfied’ with the treatment they were receiving, higher than the Vista norm (70%).”

Outcomes for Post-Treatment Abstinence

Preparing clients for post-treatment abstinence and improving quality of life are the primary goals of recovery programs. Some important factors affecting client abstinence post-treatment include:

  • Successful completion of treatment
  • Length of treatment
  • Drug of choice
  • Aftercare choices

Women in recovery benefit from participating in treatment with other women. The skills learned and routines established help women maintain long-term abstinence. Some clients may experience an emotional or physical relapse during early recovery. However, clients who complete programs at Avery Lane have excellent track records for successful abstinence.

According to the Avery Lane Outcomes Report by Vista Research Group, Inc., alumni reported the following:

  • A month post-treatment: “Among 193 patients discharged prior to February 28, 2023, 53% were reachable at one month post-treatment and said they were able to abstain from alcohol and all non-prescribed drugs since leaving treatment.”
  • Six months post-treatment: “Among 156 patients discharged prior to September 30, 2022, 43% were reachable at six months post-treatment and said they had abstained from alcohol and all non-prescribed drugs for at least the previous 30 days.”
  • A year post-treatment: “Among 103 patients discharged prior to March 31, 2022, 50% were reachable at twelve months post-treatment and said they had abstained from all drugs or alcohol for at least the past 30 days.”

Impact of Treatment on Outcomes

The clinical team at Avery Lane tracks treatment outcomes to ensure they continue to provide high-quality and appropriate services to women in recovery. Vista Research Group, Inc. tracked the following factors to determine the impact of treatment outcomes:

  • Symptom severity in individuals with co-occurring disorders
  • Quality of life
  • Client satisfaction with treatment

Below are some of the statistics gathered from alumni post-treatment.

Reduction in Severity of Co-Occurring Disorders

Many women with SUD have co-occurring mental health disorders and underlying issues, including trauma. According to Brain Sciences, dual diagnosis in women “increases the probability of suffering physical or sexual abuse, violent victimization, gender-based violence, unemployment, social exclusion, social-role problems such as fulfilling family and work obligations, and physical and psychiatric comorbidities.” The personalized treatment programs at Avery Lane address co-occurring disorders using evidence-based and alternative holistic therapies to help women avoid potential adverse side effects of dual diagnosis.

According to the Avery Lane Outcomes Report by Vista Research Group, Inc., “With the exception of mania, the percentages of patients reporting symptoms of co-occurring disorders decreased dramatically during the course of treatment and remained low throughout the post-treatment year.” However, “Although they remained low, rates of reported depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms did increase during the post-treatment year” by the following percentages:

  • 31% reported moderate depressive symptoms after 12 months
  • 41% reported probably PTSD after 12 months
  • 31% reported moderate anxiety symptoms after 12 months
  • 11% reported severe or probably mania after 12 months

Quality of Life

According to the Avery Lane Outcomes Report by Vista Research Group, Inc., “Sixty-one percent (61%) of the 59 patients submitting a twelve month post-treatment survey reported feeling excellent or good during the last 30 days. By comparison, only 8% had reported feeling excellent or good in the 30 days prior to entering treatment.” After a year, 90% of program participants reported living in stable housing. Twelve months post-treatment, 73% reported good or excellent relationships with family members.

Other factors affecting quality of life include employment, working from home, and attending school. The Avery Lane Outcomes Report stated, “The percentage of patients who were working, going to school or working in the home increased from 60% to 67% between intake and one-year post-treatment among patients submitting the twelve month survey.”

Client Satisfaction With Treatment

Client satisfaction is essential to ensuring Avery Lane provides the best treatment possible to women and their families. According to the Avery Lane Outcomes Report by Vista Research Group, Inc., “When reached post-treatment, most patients reported being quite satisfied with the treatment they had received at Avery Lane,” including:

  • 73% satisfaction after one-month post-treatment
  • 77% satisfaction after six months post-treatment
  • 81% satisfaction after a year post-treatment

Many women surveyed for the report gave positive summaries of their experience at Avery Lane and encouraged others to take advantage of the uplifting community and comprehensive clinical support.

The data compiled to determine the effectiveness of treatment at Avery Lane reveal that most women experienced positive outcomes. To learn more about our programs and treatment services, call our office today at (800) 270-2406.

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Summer Lan Franco
MA, MFT-t, Primary Therapist

Summer Lan Franco loves working with people to facilitate recovery from substance use disorders, disordered eating, mental health issues and complex trauma. She earned her BS in Nutrition and Food Science from California State University Chico and MS in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California. She has worked in community-based and private practice settings. Her approach is personable and sincere. Summer believes in helping people rediscover their true selves by uncovering barriers that stand in the way. Her warmth and earnest interest in others’ wellbeing are always present in the work she does with people seeking help. She has experience with trauma recovery, substance abuse recovery, codependency, family issues, disordered eating, treatment for anxiety and depression, and working with personality disorders.

Alaina Dunér
Office Manager, Sound Healing Group Facilitator, Reiki Master

Alaina Dunér is a Sonoma County native. She studied sociology and outdoor adventure programming for two years at Loyola University of New Orleans and Warren Wilson College. In 2016 Alaina was on a recreational skydive and had a crash landing that resulted in her fracturing multiple vertebrae in her spine. Since her accident, Alaina has emersed herself in understanding the nuances and complexities of health and spirituality. She is passionate about supporting clients through Reiki and Sound. Since taking a pause from university, Alaina has become a certified Reiki Master Teacher in the Tibetan Usui system, an Ayurvedic yoga instructor, a health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and a trauma informed sound facilitator. At the end of 2022 Alaina will attend Southern Utah University to complete her bachelor’s in aerospace and aviation with an emphasis on rotary flight.

Sunnie Skillman
Energy Worker

Sunnie has worked within the field of Energy Psychology for over 20 years and has been trained in a number of healing modalities, including EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and Access Consciousness. She has been using the tools of Access Consciousness for 23 years, teaching classes and working with clients using various hands-on energy body work techniques. She specializes working with clients who have symptoms of PTSD and assisting in clearing where trauma is stored in the body.
Sunnie brings her personal experience with trauma healing as well as her kind and
caring energy to support the ladies interested in working with other healing modalities
at Avery Lane.

Nicole Collins,
AMFT, Primary Therapist

Nicole Collins entered the field of healing after receiving her BA from Colorado State University
in Human Services, which led her to work in domestic violence. Following her beliefs and
passion in the body-mind-spirit connection and the Intelligence of the Self-healing power, she
got her MS from Touro University in Vallejo. She believes that addiction, alcoholism,
depression, the things that push against your joy, calm, serenity, and sense of security, are
powerful and baffling. Still, there is something unique inside of you that is ready to push back
against it all. The fear, anxiety, depression, and trauma that press against your head and chest
are real, but they should not define you. She feels her role is to help you find the resources
within to overcome the challenges and suffering that life may bring. She specializes in trauma,
substance abuse, LGBTQIA+ community, matters of belonging, helping individuals heal in their
relationships within themselves. In your work together, she will meet you where you are and
support you in reacquainting you, with all parts of yourself, including your inherent wisdom.

Erin Miller, RADT
Recovery Counselor

Erin is a Registered Alcohol Drug Technician, Certified Recovery Coach, and Certified Clinical
Trauma Specialist-A (Trauma and Addiction). She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in
Psychology and Addiction Studies at Aspen University. Through her personal experience with
alcohol addiction and recovery, Erin was inspired to support others on their recovery journeys.
She brings kindness, compassion, and encouragement to her work at Avery Lane. Erin lives in
Sonoma County with her husband and their two adventurous children.

Laurel LeMohn
Recovery Counselor

is a Mendocino County native. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University in 2014 and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University. She has been a Recovery Counselor at Avery Lane since October, 2021, and works from a trauma-informed, psychodynamic, and humanistic lens. She has had a desire towards helping others since she was young and looks forward to working with you as you transition your life into one where you are thriving and proud to be living.