Twelve Step Based Self-help Groups for Substance Related Disorders (TSF_Norway)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 2, 2008
Last Update Posted : April 16, 2014
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Sorlandet Hospital HF

Brief Summary:

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
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
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

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Arm Intervention/treatment
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.)

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Self-help groups attendance and involvement during 6 months observation period. [ Time Frame: Six months after detox treatment ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. 1)Substance use outcomes measured by Europ-ASI 2) Quality of Life [ Time Frame: 6 months after detox treatment ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with alcohol and substance use disorders treated on a detox ward

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Severe psychiatric comorbidity
  • Patients on opioid replacement therapy
  • Those who have appointment with other inpatient treatment at intake (and will be transferred to such treatment)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00708890

Sørlandet Sykehus
Kristiansand, VA, Norway, 4604
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sorlandet Hospital HF

Additional Information:
Publications of Results:
Responsible Party: Svein Gunnar Gundersen, Sørlandet Hospital HF Identifier: NCT00708890     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SSHF_815357
First Posted: July 2, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 16, 2014
Last Verified: April 2014

Keywords provided by Sorlandet Hospital HF:
Substance use disorders
Self-help groups
Twelve Step groups

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Substance-Related Disorders
Pathologic Processes
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders