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Making Alcoholics Anonymous Easier (MAAEZ)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01382316
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 27, 2011
Last Update Posted : June 27, 2011
Information provided by:
Alcohol Research Group

Brief Summary:
This study tests the effectiveness of Making Alcoholics Anonymous Easier (MAAEZ), a manual-guided intervention designed to help alcohol and drug dependent clients connect with individuals encountered in AA. An OFF/ON design was used (n=508). MAAEZ effectiveness was determined by comparing abstinence rates of participants recruited during ON (MAAEZ intervention) and OFF (usual care) conditions and by studying the effect of the number of MAAEZ sessions attended. Better outcomes were hypothesized for MAAEZ vs. usual care. At 12 months, more clients in the ON condition (vs. OFF) reported past 30-day abstinence from alcohol, drugs, and both alcohol and drugs. Abstinence increased for each additional MAAEZ session received. MAAEZ appeared especially effective for those with more prior AA exposure, severe psychiatric problems, and atheists/agnostics. Mechanisms of action for MAAEZ (mediators of the MAAEZ effect) include: doing service in AA/NA/CA; having a sponsor; having a social network supportive of abstinence; and comfort being in meetings. MAAEZ represents an evidence-based intervention that is easily implemented in existing treatment programs.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Alcohol Dependence Drug Dependence Behavioral: Making Alcoholics Anonymous Easier (MAAEZ) Behavioral: Usual care Phase 3

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 508 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Making Alcoholics Anonymous Easier: A Group TSF Approach
Study Start Date : July 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2006
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2007

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Making Alcoholics Anonymous Easier
Six session, group format intervention, consisting of introductory session, four core sessions (sponsorship, principles not personalities, spirituality, living sober), and return to introductory session as MAAEZ graduate
Behavioral: Making Alcoholics Anonymous Easier (MAAEZ)
6-week, 90-minute, manualized, 12-step facilitation intervention consisting of 6 weekly session. First session is introduction. Four following core sessions attended in any order: sponsorship, principles not personalities, spirituality, living Sober. Last session, return to intro session as graduate.
Other Name: MAAEZ

Active Comparator: Usual care
Usual group sessions on education about alcohol and drug problems
Behavioral: Usual care
Group format, six weekly education sessions about alcohol and drugs

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Alcohol and drug abstinence [ Time Frame: Past 30 days ]
    No alcohol and no drug consumed during the 30 days prior to 12-month follow-up interview

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • current alcohol or drug dependence diagnosis

Exclusion Criteria:

  • incapacitating mental or physical health; under age 18

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01382316

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United States, California
Alcohol Research Group
Emeryville, California, United States, 94608
Sponsors and Collaborators
Alcohol Research Group
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Principal Investigator: Lee A Kaskutas, Dr.P.H. Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute

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Responsible Party: Lee Ann Kaskutas, Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute Identifier: NCT01382316     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT01244919
Other Study ID Numbers: R01AA014688 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: June 27, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 27, 2011
Last Verified: June 2011

Keywords provided by Alcohol Research Group:
12-step facilitation
Alcoholics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous

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