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Burlington, Vermont 05403


The purpose of this study is to determine whether a telephone based self-help program will prevent relapse among individuals undergoing standard substance abuse treatment.

Study summary:

Relapse rates in the first few months following substance abuse treatment are as high as 50%, in spite of the immediate effectiveness of treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Continuing use of therapy skills following treatment is associated with maintenance of treatment gains. We have programmed a telephone to deliver pre-recorded summaries and rehearsal sessions of skills learned in therapy. The system also includes monthly feedback messages from therapists. We expect that this ad-lib access to therapy skills would allow patients to generalize skills to their personal post-treatment lives. It would also allow individuals in remote or rural areas to obtain access to assistance without travel barriers. Comparison(s): patients completing group CBT for substance abuse will be randomly assigned to two conditions. In one condition, patients will have unlimited access to the therapeutic telephone system for 4 months. The other condition is standard care (i.e., no formal relapse prevention).


Inclusion Criteria: - Meets current DSM-IV criteria for alcohol dependence - Active drinking during the three months prior to entry into treatment - Minimum age of 19 - Minimum sixth grade reading level. Exclusion Criteria: - Meets criteria for a current psychotic illness - Imminent plans to move or be incarcerated - Presence of such severe hearing, visual, or cognitive deficit(s) that participation in CBT or use of an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system are not possible - Inability to identify at least one "locator" person to assist in tracking for follow-up assessments - Does not have telephone service within the home - Incarceration while in active protocol in the study - Attendance of less than 8 of 12 CBT sessions



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
John E. Helzer, MD
University of Vermont

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Location Contact:

Burlington, Vermont 05403
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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