Mobile Continuing Care Approach for Youth

This study has been completed.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
University of California, Los Angeles
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Azusa Pacific University Identifier:
First received: June 29, 2012
Last updated: July 28, 2015
Last verified: July 2015

The primary purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of a pilot mobile based continuing care program (monitoring/feedback texting) relative to standard continuing care as usual in reducing relapse and improving psychosocial functioning outcomes in a youth population (under 24) with substance abuse problems.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Mobile Continuing Care

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Mobile Continuing Care Approach for Youth

Further study details as provided by Azusa Pacific University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Primary Substance Use (Defined as Substance Received Treatment for) [ Time Frame: Baseline, discahrge, 3 month follow-up, 6 month follow-up, 9 month follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Primary substance use relapse was measured by urine tests (0 = negative, 1 = positive).

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Participation in Recovery Behaviors Over Time [ Time Frame: baseline, discharge, 3-, 6- and 9-month follow-ups ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Recovery behaviors defined as mean number of days doing extracurricular/recovery-goal directed activities using repeated measures over time.

  • Recovery Confidence (Self-efficacy) Over Time [ Time Frame: baseline, discharge, 3-, 6-, and 9-month follow-ups ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change/improvements in mean recovery confidence score over time (measured by question "How confident are you in your ability to be completely abstinent (clean) from alcohol and drugs in the next 30 days?" (units on scale included 0=not at all, 1=slightly, 2=moderately, 3=considerably, 4-extremely).

  • Social Support Utilization [ Time Frame: Baseline, discahrge, 3 month follow-up, 6 month follow-up, 9 month follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Self-help utilization was measured by the question: "In the past 30 days, how many days did you attend self-help meetings like AA or NA to support your recovery?"

Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: February 2012
Study Completion Date: June 2015
Primary Completion Date: December 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Mobile Continuing Care
Behavioral: 12-week Structured Texting intervention focused on recovery monitoring, feedback for self-management, social support and education
Behavioral: Mobile Continuing Care
Behavioral: Mobile Texting 12-week intervention. Delivers daily Recovering monitoring, self-management feedback, and education/social support
No Intervention: Standard Continuing Care as Usual
Continuing care as usual to 12-step facilitation (Anonymous group)

Detailed Description:

This study will include approximately 80 participants randomized to either 12 weeks of mobile continuing care (intervention) or standard continuing care as usual (control). Participants will be recruited from the treatment programs in Los Angeles County, including Matrix Institute on Addictions, Tarzana Treatment, Twin Town, Phoenix House, and Cri-Help. During the 12-week active program, participants will be monitored monthly via telephone data collection. Both groups will be followed for 10-months using repeated assessments (self-report and urine specimens) at baseline (month 0) and at follow-up points (months 3, 6, and 9).


Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 24 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Youth between 12 and 24 years old
  2. Youth in treatment for substance abuse
  3. Youth who complete treatment (minimum 12 weeks)
  4. Youth who have the cognitive capacity to understand study procedures and agree to participate

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Presence of an adverse (life threatening) medical condition that could interfere with study participation.
  2. Presence of psychiatric co-occurring illness or symptoms warranting safety concerns or continued treatment, including acute suicide risk; and
  3. Current homelessness (unless residing in recovery home for which contact information can be provided).
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01632735

United States, California
Azusa Pacific University Psychology Department
Azusa, California, United States, 91702
Sponsors and Collaborators
Azusa Pacific University
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
University of California, Los Angeles
Principal Investigator: Rachel Gonzales-Castaneda, MPH, PhD Azusa Pacific University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Azusa Pacific University Identifier: NCT01632735     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 5K01DA027754-03, 1K01DA027754-01A1
Study First Received: June 29, 2012
Results First Received: June 22, 2015
Last Updated: July 28, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board
United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Azusa Pacific University:
Continuing Care
Youth Substance Abuse
Recovery Support
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