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Network Support for Alcohol Treatment 2 (Net Support 2)

This study has been completed.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mark Litt, UConn Health Identifier:
First received: May 21, 2010
Last updated: July 27, 2017
Last verified: July 2017

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.

Condition Intervention
Alcohol Consumption Behavioral: Coping Skills Training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Network Support for Alcohol Treatment: Mechanisms and Effectiveness

Further study details as provided by Mark Litt, UConn Health:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Proportion Days Abstinent [ Time Frame: Every 3 months out to 2 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Social Network Change [ Time Frame: every 6 months out to 2 years ]

Enrollment: 193
Study Start Date: September 2009
Study Completion Date: March 2016
Primary Completion Date: December 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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.
Behavioral: Coping Skills Training
Patients in both treatments will be taught skills to help them keep from drinking.
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.
Behavioral: Coping Skills Training
Patients in both treatments will be taught skills to help them keep from drinking.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

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
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01129804

United States, Connecticut
University of Connecticut Health Center
Farmington, Connecticut, United States, 06030
Sponsors and Collaborators
UConn Health
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Principal Investigator: Mark D Litt, Ph.D. UConn Health
  More Information

Responsible Party: Mark Litt, Professor, UConn Health Identifier: NCT01129804     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 09-050
R01AA012827 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: May 21, 2010
Last Updated: July 27, 2017

Keywords provided by Mark Litt, UConn Health:
Alcohol dependence
Network Support
Cognitive-behavioral treatment
Relapse prevention
Consequences of drinking
Social network development

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcohol Drinking
Drinking Behavior
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Anti-Infective Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on September 21, 2017