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Title: Strategies for Improving Methadone Treatment Process and Outcomes
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:27  Issue:2  Dated:Spring 1997  Pages:239-260
Author(s): D. Dwayne Simpson; George W. Joe; Lois R. Chatham; Donald F. Dansereau
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA06162;
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article summarizes the major findings from research that focused on therapeutic enhancements to methadone treatment.
Abstract: The Drug Abuse Treatment for AIDS-Risk Reduction (DATAR) project's purpose is to improve therapeutic interventions, increase treatment retention, and reduce relapse rates of Intravenous drug users in methadone treatment. The DATAR program of research focuses on therapeutic enhancement to methadone treatment administered by three multimodality community-based drug abuse treatment agencies. The therapeutic processes were enhanced by the addition of cognitive learning principles for improving communication in the counseling process, the provision of psycho-educational training materials, and the use of behavioral approaches for increasing treatment engagement. In addition, a project management system was created that provided clinical training and monitored counseling services, data collection, and agency performance. A total of 960 opiate drug users were admitted to 3 methadone treatment clinics participating in the DATAR project from April 1990 through August 1993. As part of the treatment admission process, a structured intake interview was conducted by a trained intake counselor. A series of during-treatment assessments was conducted at monthly intervals for each of the first 3 months after admission. A sample of clients was selected for 12-month posttreatment follow-up interviews. During-treatment performance and follow-up outcomes collected 1 year after discharge indicate that enhanced counseling and length of time in treatment were related to treatment outcomes. 4 figures and 67 references
Main Term(s): Drug treatment
Index Term(s): Heroin maintenance; Methadone detoxification treatment; Methadone maintenance; Treatment techniques
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