More Oversight Does Not Lower Alcohol Abuse
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –New research shows that people with alcohol and other drug dependence who received chronic care management including relapse prevention counseling and medical, addiction and psychiatric treatment were no more abstinent than those who received usual primary care.
Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, of Boston Medical Center, and colleagues studied 563 people from a freestanding residential detoxification unit, and from referrals to an urban teaching hospital and from advertisements; 95 percent completed 12-month follow-up. Participants were randomized to receive chronic care management (CCM) or no CCM.
Researchers did not find any difference in abstinence from stimulants, opioids, and heavy drinking between the CCM intervention and control group (44 percent vs. 42 percent, respectively, at 12 months). In a subgroup of people with alcohol dependence, there were fewer alcohol problems among those who received the intervention.
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SOURCE: JAMA, September 2013
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