Twelve Step Based Self-help Groups for Substance Related Disorders (TSF_Norway)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00708890|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 2, 2008
Last Update Posted : April 16, 2014
The Twelve Step groups are the most available and widespread self-help groups for patients with alcohol or drug related disorders. In a public health perspective, self-help groups (SHGs) may be considered as a supplement to professional treatment and provide aftercare soon as professional treatment has ended.
There is a need to investigate if U.S. findings and procedures concerning referrals from the health services to Twelve Step Groups (TSGs) can be replicated and accommodated to a cultural setting which is unfamiliar with these groups. There is also a particular need in the Norwegian treatment system to develop alternative treatment strategies for patients undergoing detoxification to improve their chances of long-term recovery, due to deficient formal follow-up alternatives.
We plan to carry out a RCT-study. One hundred and sixty patients entering a detoxification treatment center (Addiction Unit, Sørlandet Hospital, Kristiansand, Norway) will be assigned to two different groups: One given standard information about TSGs (brief advice) and one given intensive referral (motivational sessions and contact with TSG volunteers). A follow up assessment is planned at 6 months to determine whether intensive referral results in more TSG attendance, and if this mediates less substance use and better functioning outcomes.
This study introduces a new concept in the Norwegian health care system and relies on a systematic cooperation with user organizations (SHGs) and user volunteers. Thus the study focuses strongly on user resources.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment|
|Substance Use Disorders||Behavioral: Brief motivation to participate in TSG|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||140 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Twelve Step Based Self-help Groups for Substance Related Disorders - A Randomized Controlled Trial on a Detoxification Center|
|Study Start Date :||September 2008|
|Primary Completion Date :||February 2011|
|Study Completion Date :||February 2011|
|Experimental: Intervention group||
Behavioral: Brief motivation to participate in TSG
The intensive intervention will consist of a boost motivational session on follow-up alternatives and particularly on attending TSGs. Efforts will be made to connect the patients with TSG volunteers via the AA/NA contact telephone. The patients are encouraged to invite AA/NA contact persons to visit them on the ward. The patient will then have the possibility to be followed to a meeting after treatment. The patients in the intensive referral group will get a phone call four weeks after discharge. The focus of this call will be on continued motivation to attend TSGs.
No Intervention: Control group
Will only get a standard information about TSG group (information about meeting etc.)
- Self-help groups attendance and involvement during 6 months observation period. [ Time Frame: Six months after detox treatment ]
- 1)Substance use outcomes measured by Europ-ASI 2) Quality of Life [ Time Frame: 6 months after detox treatment ]
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00708890
|Kristiansand, VA, Norway, 4604|