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

This study has been completed.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Timothy J. O'Farrell, Harvard University Identifier:
First received: August 16, 2010
Last updated: March 19, 2015
Last verified: March 2015
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 Intervention Phase
Drug Abuse Behavioral: Behavioral Couples Therapy Behavioral: Individual Drug Counseling Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Behavioral Couples Therapy for Female Drug-Abusing Patients

Further study details as provided by Timothy J. O'Farrell, Harvard University:

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

Enrollment: 185
Study Start Date: July 2009
Study Completion Date: February 2015
Primary Completion Date: February 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Behavioral Couples Therapy Behavioral: Behavioral Couples Therapy
Behavioral Couples Therapy
Experimental: Individual Drug Counseling Behavioral: Individual Drug Counseling
Individual Drug Counseling


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
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: NCT01189305

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

Responsible Party: Timothy J. O'Farrell, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University Identifier: NCT01189305     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1R01DA025618 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: August 16, 2010
Last Updated: March 19, 2015

Keywords provided by Timothy J. O'Farrell, Harvard University:
Drug Abuse
Female Patients

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on August 18, 2017