alexa Initial abstinence and success in achieving longer term cocaine abstinence.


Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

Author(s): Higgins ST, Badger GJ, Budney AJ

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Abstract This study's goals were to characterize the relationship between early and longer term cocaine abstinence and assess whether increasing early abstinence increases longer term abstinence. Results from 190 cocaine-dependent outpatients were analyzed. Participants were divided into 2 conditions: (a) those treated with community reinforcement approach (CRA) plus contingent vouchers (n = 125) and (b) those treated with control treatments (n = 65). A period of sustained abstinence during treatment was associated with significantly greater odds of posttreatment abstinence, with no evidence of differences between the 2 treatment conditions in that regard. Treatment conditions differed in that CRA plus contingent vouchers increased the proportion of participants who sustained a period of during-treatment abstinence and increased abstinence during 6-month posttreatment follow-up. Devising interventions that increase the proportion of individuals who achieve an early period of sustained abstinence may be key to increasing longer term cocaine abstinence.
This article was published in Exp Clin Psychopharmacol and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

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