This presentation at the recent American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) conference, by Dennis Donovan of the Pacific Northwest Node and Dennis Daley of the Appalachian Tri-State Node, describes the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network study CTN-0031, which compared a manual-guided 12-Step Facilitation therapy with usual treatment in a large sample of patients entering treatment for substance problems in community-based treatment programs (including Evergreen Manor and RCKC here in the Pacific Northwest Node).
This protocol was developed to help address the substantial gaps in our knowledge about 12-Step programs such as AA and NA as effective therapeutic options. Preliminary results from the protocol suggest that STAGE-12 increases the probability of abstinence from stimulants during and in the last 30 days of the active treatment phase, and is also associated with greater numbers of days of 12-step self-help meeting attendance. Discussions of the implications for clinical practice are included.
Citation: Donovan DM, Daley DC. 12-Step Facilitation: New Evidence from the National Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network. Presented at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) annual meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, December 8-11, 2011.