Presentation Title

CALM ARC Treatment and Group Therapy Session Participation Predicting Alcohol Use Frequency

Faculty Mentor

Dr Kate Wolitzky-Taylor

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

Location

45

Session

poster 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

The current study, a secondary data analysis of a larger randomized clinical trial (RCT), investigates how treatment and number of group sessions attended predicted number of drinking days on the Timeline Follow Back (TLFB), a measure of substance use. The RCT examined the efficacy of an integrated behavioral treatment for comorbid anxiety and substance abuse disorders (SUD). Patients were randomized into either a usual care (UC) group for SUD or UC + Coordinated Anxiety Learning and Management for Addiction Recovery Centers (CALM ARC), a 7-session treatment for anxiety disorders adapted for patients with comorbid anxiety and SUDs. Patients in both treatment conditions were also encouraged to attend early recovery/relapse prevention and family education group sessions at a community outpatient clinic. The Timeline Follow Back is a measure of alcohol and other substance use that asks the patient to retrospectively estimate their usage day by day for the past 30 days. Both the treatment condition and the number of sessions attended predicted total number of drinking days on the TLFB, with those in the CALM ARC condition with significantly fewer drinking days at post treatment than UC and those who attended more sessions with fewer drinking days as well. An interaction between condition and number of sessions was also analyzed but did not exhibit significance. This data suggests that patient participation in group sessions to supplement treatment may enhance treatment outcomes for SUDs.

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CALM ARC Treatment and Group Therapy Session Participation Predicting Alcohol Use Frequency

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The current study, a secondary data analysis of a larger randomized clinical trial (RCT), investigates how treatment and number of group sessions attended predicted number of drinking days on the Timeline Follow Back (TLFB), a measure of substance use. The RCT examined the efficacy of an integrated behavioral treatment for comorbid anxiety and substance abuse disorders (SUD). Patients were randomized into either a usual care (UC) group for SUD or UC + Coordinated Anxiety Learning and Management for Addiction Recovery Centers (CALM ARC), a 7-session treatment for anxiety disorders adapted for patients with comorbid anxiety and SUDs. Patients in both treatment conditions were also encouraged to attend early recovery/relapse prevention and family education group sessions at a community outpatient clinic. The Timeline Follow Back is a measure of alcohol and other substance use that asks the patient to retrospectively estimate their usage day by day for the past 30 days. Both the treatment condition and the number of sessions attended predicted total number of drinking days on the TLFB, with those in the CALM ARC condition with significantly fewer drinking days at post treatment than UC and those who attended more sessions with fewer drinking days as well. An interaction between condition and number of sessions was also analyzed but did not exhibit significance. This data suggests that patient participation in group sessions to supplement treatment may enhance treatment outcomes for SUDs.