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Research on Individualized Treatment for Alcoholism (RITA)

This study has been completed.
VA Boston Healthcare System
Brown University
George Washington University
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Indiana University Identifier:
First received: August 30, 2007
Last updated: NA
Last verified: August 2007
History: No changes posted
The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of two psychosocial treatments that differed in scope and intensity (Broad Spectrum Treatment and Motivational Enhancement Treatment) combined with 3 or 6 months of treatment with naltrexone on alcohol drinking behaviors in alcohol dependent patients.

Condition Intervention Phase
Alcohol Dependence Drug: naltrexone Behavioral: Broad Spectrum Treatment Behavioral: Motivational Enhancement Treatment Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Posttreatment Effects of Naltrexone

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Further study details as provided by Indiana University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Percent Days Abstinent [ Time Frame: 18 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Percent Heavy Drinking Days [ Time Frame: 18 months ]

Enrollment: 185
Study Start Date: September 2000
Study Completion Date: July 2005
Intervention Details:
    Drug: naltrexone
    50 mg naltrexone daily for 3 months
    Drug: naltrexone
    50 mg of naltrexone daily for 6 months
    Behavioral: Broad Spectrum Treatment
    8-14, one hour sessions over 6 months
    Behavioral: Motivational Enhancement Treatment
    4, 20 minute sessions over 3 months

Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • men and women between the ages of 21-65
  • current DSM-IV diagnosis of alcohol dependence
  • abstinent for a minimum of 3 and maximum of 21 days prior to treatment initiation
  • able to participate in an 18-month outpatient study
  • live within a one hour or less commute to Fairbanks
  • fluent in English
  • women of child-bearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test and use effective contraceptive methods.
  • score as contemplators or greater on the Readiness For Change Scale

Exclusion Criteria:

  • severe hepatic disease (gGGT, SGOT or other liver functions greater than 4 times normal)
  • opiate use (for any reason) in the last 14 days or a history of opioid dependence in the past year
  • pregnant or lactating females or those unwilling to use birth control
  • inability, according to the opinion of the interviewer, to follow medication instructions and safety precautions
  • comorbid substance dependence (but not abuse) diagnosis in the past 6 months, excluding nicotine or marijuana dependence
  • concomitant use of medications intended to decrease drinking (e.g. disulfiram)
  • meeting current DSM criteria for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, bulimia/anorexia, dementia, major depression
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00523133

United States, Indiana
University Hospital, Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 46202
Sponsors and Collaborators
Indiana University School of Medicine
VA Boston Healthcare System
Brown University
George Washington University
Principal Investigator: Dena Davidson, PhD Indiana University School of Medicine
  More Information Identifier: NCT00523133     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01AA012696-01A1 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: August 30, 2007
Last Updated: August 30, 2007

Keywords provided by Indiana University:
motivational enhancement therapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcohol-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Narcotic Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents processed this record on August 18, 2017