This paper, newly published in the Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery (written by Dennis Daley, Stuart Baker, Dennis Donovan, and colleagues), provides an introduction to protocol CTN-0031, a multi-site clinical trial of a behavioral intervention for outpatients with stimulant use disorders. The Pacific Northwest Node is the Lead Node for this protocol, with CTPs Evergreen Manor and Recovery Centers of King County serving as clinical sites.
The article describes the study’s adaptation of a combined individual and group intervention aiming to facilitate patients’ involvement in 12-step mutual support programs, along with a review of the questions that came up during the protocol’s development, outcomes of the intervention, and why 12-step counseling approaches should be considered for a multi-site trial.
The paper emphasizes the importance of bidirectional collaboration between researchers and treatment providers, and shows evidence of how CTPs participate in all phases of a trial, from identifying an important clinical area for research, through protocol development and implementation. Results of the study’s data analysis will be presented in a future paper.
Citation: Daley DC, Baker S, Donovan DM, Hodgkins CC, Perl HI. A Combined Group and Individual 12-Step Facilitative Intervention Targeting Stimulant Abuse in the NIDA Clinical Trials Network: STAGE-12. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery 2011;6(3):228-244.