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Behavioral Couples Therapy for Female Drug-Abusing Patients (CPW-D)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01189305
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 26, 2010
Last Update Posted : March 23, 2015
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Timothy J. O'Farrell, Harvard University

Brief Summary:
In treating drug addiction, many studies of male patients show Behavioral Couples Therapy (BCT) helps the whole family (the drug abuser, the relationship partner, and their children) and is more effective than typical individual and group counseling. Only one study of BCT has been done with female drug-abusing patients, and results were promising but not definitive. The proposed study will test with married or cohabiting female drug-abusing patients whether BCT will produce more positive outcomes for the women, their male partners, and their children than standard individual counseling for the patient alone.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Drug Abuse Behavioral: Behavioral Couples Therapy Behavioral: Individual Drug Counseling Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 185 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Behavioral Couples Therapy for Female Drug-Abusing Patients
Study Start Date : July 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : February 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : February 2015

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Behavioral Couples Therapy Behavioral: Behavioral Couples Therapy
Behavioral Couples Therapy

Experimental: Individual Drug Counseling Behavioral: Individual Drug Counseling
Individual Drug Counseling

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. percent days abstinent from illicit drugs [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • female patients with primary drug abuse diagnosis & their relationship partners
  • patient married or cohabiting with relationship partner
  • partner without current alcohol or drug problem

Exclusion Criteria:

  • both patient and partner without severe mental health disorders

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01189305

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United States, Massachusetts
AdCare Hospital of Worcester Inc.
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, 01605
Sponsors and Collaborators
Harvard University
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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Principal Investigator: Timothy J O'Farrell, PhD Harvard University

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Responsible Party: Timothy J. O'Farrell, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University Identifier: NCT01189305    
Other Study ID Numbers: 1R01DA025618 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
1R01DA025618 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: August 26, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 23, 2015
Last Verified: March 2015
Keywords provided by Timothy J. O'Farrell, Harvard University:
Drug Abuse
Female Patients
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders