Network Support for Alcohol Treatment 2 (Net Support 2)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 25, 2010
Last Update Posted : August 1, 2017
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mark Litt, UConn Health

May 21, 2010
May 25, 2010
August 1, 2017
September 2009
December 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Proportion Days Abstinent [ Time Frame: Every 3 months out to 2 years ]
Same as current
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Social Network Change [ Time Frame: every 6 months out to 2 years ]
Same as current
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Network Support for Alcohol Treatment 2
Network Support for Alcohol Treatment: Mechanisms and Effectiveness

The Network Support project is part of an ongoing effort to improve treatment for alcohol dependent patients. The Network Support Project is designed to help patients change their social network from one that reinforces drinking behavior to one that reinforces sobriety.

160 patients will be assigned to one of two treatments. Each of the treatments will last 12 weeks. The first is a Network Support (NS) treatment designed to help patients develop new acquaintances and social networks. It is expected that alcohol dependent patients will benefit from increasing their contact with non-drinking people. This NS condition will be compared to a packaged CBT program for alcoholics (PCBT) that is designed to teach a number of skills to help people stop drinking, but does not address social networks per se.

In order to better understand what is happening to the investigators patients, the investigators will be using daily computerized telephone calls to ask about people's experiences. This will be done both before and after treatment. Patients will also be asked to participate in follow-up interviews every 3 months for 2 years following the end of treatment.

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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Alcohol Consumption
Behavioral: Coping Skills Training
Patients in both treatments will be taught skills to help them keep from drinking.
  • Experimental: Network Support
    Network Support treatment is aimed at helping patients change their social support network so that it supports abstinence. In this treatment patients will be encouraged to attend AA meetings and engage in other activities that would involve non-drinkers. These activities would be determined by the patient, with help from the therapist. Patients would learn about methods of avoiding drinking, making new friends, and getting enjoyment from activities other than drinking. In addition patients will learn specific skills intended to help them make new acquaintances and change their circle of friends.
    Intervention: Behavioral: Coping Skills Training
  • Active Comparator: Packaged Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment
    The purpose of Packaged Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment (PCBT) is to train patients in a variety of skills that they can use to keep themselves from drinking.
    Intervention: Behavioral: Coping Skills Training

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March 2016
December 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 yo
  • meets Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) criteria for alcohol dependence

Exclusion Criteria:

  • acute medical or psychiatric problems that require inpatient treatment (e.g., acute psychosis, or suicide/homicide risk)
  • reading ability below the fifth grade level
  • lack of reliable transportation to the treatment site, or excessive commuting distance
  • inability to understand English
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
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United States
R01AA012827 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
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Mark Litt, UConn Health
UConn Health
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Principal Investigator: Mark D Litt, Ph.D. UConn Health
UConn Health
July 2017

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