0
Article |

Psychotherapy for Opiate Addicts:  Does It Help?

George E. Woody, MD; Lester Luborsky, PhD; A. Thomas McLellan, PhD; Charles P. O'Brien, MD, PhD; Aaron T. Beck, MD; Jack Blaine, MD; Ira Herman, MD; Anita Hole, PhD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1983;40(6):639-645. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1983.04390010049006.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

• Opiate addicts beginning a new treatment episode on a methadone maintenance program were offered random assignment to drug counseling alone or to counseling plus six months of either supportive-expressive psychotherapy or cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. Sixty percent of patients meeting the study criteria expressed an interest and 60% of these actually became engaged. One hundred ten subjects completed the study intake procedure and kept three or more appointments within the first six weeks of the project. Measures including standardized psychological tests, independent observer ratings, and continuous records of licit and illicit drug use were done at baseline and seven-month follow-up. All three treatment groups showed significant improvement, but patients receiving the additional psychotherapies showed improvement in more areas and to a greater degree than those who received counseling alone, and with less use of medication. More than a third of opiate addicts in our treatment program thus both were interested in professional psychotherapy and apparently benefitted from it. Certain administrative procedures appear necessary to maximize the chances that psychotherapy can be used effectively with drug-addicted patients.

(Arch Gen Psychiatry 1983;40:639-645)

Topics

Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours

Figures

Tables

References

Correspondence

CME
Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
NOTE:
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).
Submit a Comment

Multimedia

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

Jobs
brightcove.createExperiences();