Integration of the Therapeutic Workplace in Drug Court

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 5, 2008
Last Update Posted : January 10, 2017
Information provided by:
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

January 22, 2008
February 5, 2008
January 10, 2017
August 2004
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Integration of the Therapeutic Workplace in Drug Court
Integration of the Therapeutic Workplace in Drug Court
Drug Courts were developed as a therapeutic alternative to incarceration of drug-involved offenders by providing 'judicially supervised' drug abuse treatment and probation for nonviolent offenders in lieu of criminal prosecution and incarceration. Outcome studies have shown that drug courts have modest effects on participation in drug abuse treatment, drug use, and employment. The Therapeutic Workplace intervention is an effective employment-based treatment that integrates abstinence reinforcement contingencies in a work setting, intended to treat individuals with histories of drug addiction and chronic unemployment. Under this intervention, drug abuse patients are hired and paid to work. To promote abstinence, patients are required to provide drug-free urine samples to gain and maintain daily access in the workplace. In this way, patients can work and earn salary, but only as long as they remain drug abstinent. Patients using drugs and lacking job skills participate in an initial training phase to initiate abstinence and establish computer data entry skills. Once abstinent and skilled, patients are hired into an income-producing Therapeutic Workplace data entry business. Given that many drug court participants suffer from long histories of drug addiction and unemployment, the Therapeutic Workplace could be ideal for this population. This proposes of this clinical trial is to evaluate the Therapeutic Workplace intervention in a Drug Court.
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Phase 1
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Drug Addiction
Behavioral: Therapeutic Workplace Intervention
Therapeutic workplace intervention is intended for individuals with drug addiction and chronic unemployment. Participants are invited to participate in work and receive salary for participation and productivity contingent upon drug abstinence.
  • No Intervention: Standard Drug Court
    Participants received standard services from drug court
  • Experimental: Drug Court plus Therapeutic Workplace
    Participants receive standard drug court services plus therapeutic workplace intervention
    Intervention: Behavioral: Therapeutic Workplace Intervention
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Same as current
July 2007
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Enrolled in Drug Court
  • Report using any opiates and/or cocaine during 30 days prior to their arrest
  • Unemployed

Exclusion Criteria:

Individuals are excluded if they:

  • Are at imminent risk of suicide
  • Have a psychotic disorder that may limit their workplace functioning or their ability to provide informed consent
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
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7R21DA017885-02 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
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Conrad J. Wong, Ph.D./ Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky College of Medicine
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
January 2008

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