Anxiety Sensitivity Treatment for Heroin Users (ASTH-HR)

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2010 by University of Maryland.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : September 8, 2010
Last Update Posted : September 8, 2010
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University of Maryland

August 23, 2010
September 8, 2010
September 8, 2010
October 2009
March 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Anxiety Sensitivity Index-3 [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ]
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Timeline Follow Back 90 days [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ]
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Anxiety Sensitivity Treatment for Heroin Users
Novel Intervention for Drug Use and HIV Risk Among Anxiety Sensitive Heroin Users
Anxiety Sensitivity Treatment for Heroin Users is a development project targeting mild and above levels of anxiety sensitivity that will involve the testing of a specialized protocol for improving treatment retention and outcomes for heroin dependent individuals in a residential substance use treatment. ASTH-HR will integrate established treatment modules such as Healthy Relationships, along with interoceptive exposure, affect management, and psycho-education exercises developed for anxiety prevention and treatment programs with standard substance use treatment.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Behavioral: Anxiety sensitivity therapy
ASTH consists of 6 sessions of individual treatment, each lasting approximately 75 minutes over 3 weeks. In general, each session consists of the following components1) psychoeducation regarding the anxiety response, with a focus on increasing awareness of the ways in which the patient interprets or evaluates that response 2) assistance in developing healthy emotion regulation strategies that can be used to increase acceptance and tolerance of the anxiety response (including associated catastrophic thoughts), as well as understanding the consequences associated with avoidance or control of anxiety 3) a minimum of 3 interoceptive exercises tailored to activate feared anxiety-related sensations and 4) daily homework assignments (i.e., daily anxiety monitoring and interoceptive exercises).
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Same as current
September 2011
March 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • exhibit a score of 21 on a self-report measure of anxiety sensitivity
  • be in 28 days of residential substance use treatment.
  • meet criteria for current opioid dependence as determined by SCID interview administered at intake.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • evidence of limited mental competency
  • the inability to give informed, voluntary, written consent to participate
  • current psychosis
  • current bipolar disorder.
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
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United States
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Dr. Carl W. Lejuez, Department of Psychology University Of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland
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University of Maryland
September 2010

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