Aegis serves more than 6,500 patients a day throughout our network of 25 licensed medical facilities.
Nearly 90% of patients have a diagnosable mental health disorder spanning the range from mood disorders, anxiety disorders and adult AD/HD to psychotic and personality disorders. It is also common for Aegis patients to have an extensive history of trauma.
All patients admitted are opiate dependent, nearly all of which have a two-year history of dependence and two prior treatment failures. Despite this, Aegis is able to assist 86.3% of patients in becoming illicit opiate free within the first 90-days of treatment. Continuing on, the Aegis interdisciplinary treatment team works with each patient on developing advanced recovery skills (e.g. cognitive restructuring) and advanced relapse prevention skills all while treating their complex mental health and medical issues that predominately serve as the underlying causes of their continued opiate and polysubstance use. The average length of treatment for Aegis patients is 48.3 months.
The fastest growing demographic are those between the ages of 18 to 26 comprising nearly 40% of new admissions within the past year.
According to the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration research published in June of 2011, prescription opiate admissions grew from 8% of all opiate admissions in 1999 to 33% in 2009 for those 12 years old and older. Additionally, The National Survey on Drug Use and Health published in September 2011 indicated a rise of illicit drug use of 18 to 25 year-olds from 19.6% in 2008 to 21.5% in 2010. Among the respondents, 55% of those aged 12 years-old and older who had used prescription pain relievers (e.g. opiates) non-medically within the past 12 months received those from a friend or a relative.
Aegis patients encompass 16 known races of whom 64.32% identified themselves as White, 27.76% as Hispanic, 3.1% African American, 1.46% mixed race, 1.13% American Indian, 1.08% other Asian, .41% Filipino, .19% Laotian, .14% Chinese, .11% Japanese, .07% Asian Indian, .05% Hawaiian and Korean and .017% Cambodian, Samoan and Vietnamese. 58.73% of patients are male and 41.27% are female. The vast majority of patients treated are 40+ at nearly 60%, never married (49.64%) and have no children (47.22%). 2,743 of 5,600 make less than $2,000 per month.