Behavior therapy for drug abuse: A controlled treatment outcome study

  • Azrin N
  • McMahon P
  • Donohue B
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Abstract

82 Ss were studied in a comparative evaluation of a behavioral vs supportive treatment for illegal drug use. Behavioral treatment included stimulus control, urge control, contracting/family support and competing response procedures for an average of 19 sessions. 37% of Ss in the behavioral condition were drug-free at 2 months, 54% at 6 months, and 65% at 12 months vs 20 ± 6% for the alternative treatment during all 12 months. The behavioral treatment was more effective across sex, age, educational level, marital status and type of drug (hard-drugs, cocaine, and marijuana). Greater improvement for this condition was also noted on measures of employment/school attendance, family relationships, depression, institutionalization and alcohol use.

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Authors

  • N.H. Azrin

  • P.T. McMahon

  • B. Donohue

  • V.A. Besalel

  • K.J. Lapinski

  • E.S. Kogan

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