Health Focused Motivational Treatment for Alcohol Dependent Veterans

This study has been completed.
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VA Office of Research and Development Identifier:
First received: November 9, 2005
Last updated: December 9, 2014
Last verified: December 2014
The purpose of this study is to determine whether a health focused motivational intervention will reduce alcohol use for dependent veterans who are receiving outpatient alcohol and drug treatment.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Health Focused Motivational
Behavioral: Health Education
Behavioral: Health Assessment only

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Health Focused Motivational Treatment for Alcohol Dependent Veterans

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Further study details as provided by VA Office of Research and Development:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Alcohol use over initial four months of treatment , assessed monthly [ Time Frame: 4 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Drug use and health status over initial four months of treatment, assessed monthly [ Time Frame: 4 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: November 2005
Study Completion Date: May 2009
Primary Completion Date: May 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm 1
Experimental randomized clinical trial comparing alcohol use outcomes across three groups: health motivational feedback, health education, and no treatment control group
Behavioral: Health Focused Motivational
Personalized feedback on health status
Behavioral: Health Education
Generalized health education related to alcohol use
Behavioral: Health Assessment only
Control group with no additional intervention

Detailed Description:
The early months of addiction treatment are a high risk time for relapse. The purpose of this study is to examine whether a health-related intervention delivered in an individual session with a therapist once per month in the initial 4 months of addiction treatment will reduce alcohol use among veterans already enrolled in weekly outpatient treatment group at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. In order to answer this question, study participants will be randomly assigned to one of three study conditions: 1) The Health Motivational condition that receives individual personalized health feedback and motivational activities, 2) the Health Education condition that receives individual education about health problems associated with the heavy alcohol use, and 3) the treatment as usual group that will receive no additional treatment. All participants will be assessed on a monthly basis for 4 months to evaluate alcohol use, drug use, and health status.

Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

- Veterans receiving outpatient treatment at the VA San Diego Healthcare System Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program for a diagnosis of Alcohol Dependence

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder or Psychotic Disorder.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00252590

United States, California
VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego
San Diego, California, United States, 92161
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
Principal Investigator: Susan Tate, PhD VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: VA Office of Research and Development Identifier: NCT00252590     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NEUA-003-05S 
Study First Received: November 9, 2005
Last Updated: December 9, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

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