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End-of-treatment outcomes in cognitive-behavioral treatment and 12-step substance use treatment programs: do they differ and do they predict 1-year outcomes?

Johnson JE, Finney JW, Moos RH. End-of-treatment outcomes in cognitive-behavioral treatment and 12-step substance use treatment programs: do they differ and do they predict 1-year outcomes? Journal of substance abuse treatment. 2006 Jul 1; 31(1):41-50.

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Abstract:

This study examined changes in treatment-related proximal outcomes from intake to follow-up, associations between continuing care and maintenance of proximal outcome gains, correlations between specific proximal outcomes and substance use outcomes, and potential mediators of treatment effects for 12-step versus cognitive-behavioral (CB) substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. The participants were 1,873 male veterans seeking SUD treatment at five CB-oriented and five 12-step-oriented VA inpatient/residential SUD programs. Patterns of change in proximal outcomes were similar across the two program types. After discharge, attendance at 12-step groups, but not outpatient treatment, was associated with greater maintenance on most proximal outcomes. Only a few proximal outcomes at discharge were associated with 1-year substance use; most 1-year proximal outcomes were associated with 1-year substance use. Having a sponsor, reading 12-step materials, attending 12-step meetings, and having an abstinence goal appeared to mediate the greater effects of 12-step programs (relative to CB programs) on abstinence.





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