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Cognitive Therapy for PTSD in Addiction Treatment

This study has been completed.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Information provided by:
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Identifier:
First received: May 23, 2008
Last updated: September 28, 2011
Last verified: September 2011
The purpose of this phase of the study is to assess the feasibility of a cognitive behavioral therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in persons receiving outpatient services at an addiction treatment program. The next phase of the study will be a more rigorous investigation of the efficacy of the PTSD therapy within addiction treatment settings.

Condition Intervention Phase
Stress Disorders, Post Traumatic Substance-Related Disorders Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Cognitive Therapy for PTSD in Addiction Treatment

Further study details as provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • decrease in substance use at post-therapy and 3 month follow-up
  • reduction in PTSD symptoms at post-therapy and 3 month follow-up
  • improvement in addiction treatment retention

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • examine impact of depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder on outcomes
  • explore impact of motivation and treatment readiness on outcomes
  • assess overall level of satisfaction with treatment on outcomes
  • examine impact of other services received on outcomes

Enrollment: 49
Study Start Date: November 2004
Study Completion Date: November 2006
Primary Completion Date: August 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • At least 18 years old;
  • Actively enrolled in intensive outpatient addiction services;
  • Diagnosis of PTSD; and
  • Willing and able to provide informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Acute psychotic disorder;
  • Psychiatric hospitalization or suicide attempt in the past 2 months;
  • Known impending court appearance or legal circumstance that may result in incarceration within next 8 months; and
  • Known medical condition that would likely cause study withdrawal in the next 8 months.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00685451

United States, New Hampshire
Fresh Start at Concord Hospital
Concord, New Hampshire, United States, 03301
Farnum Center
Manchester, New Hampshire, United States, 03104
United States, Vermont
Quitting Time
Wilder, Vermont, United States, 05088
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Principal Investigator: Mark P. McGovern, Ph.D. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Mark P. McGovern, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Dartmouth Medical School Identifier: NCT00685451     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 5K23DA016574 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: May 23, 2008
Last Updated: September 28, 2011

Keywords provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center:
cognitive behavior therapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Behavior, Addictive
Substance-Related Disorders
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Pathologic Processes
Compulsive Behavior
Impulsive Behavior
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders processed this record on July 19, 2017