This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition alcohol consumption
Treatment coping skills training
Phase phase 2
Sponsor University of Connecticut Health Center
Collaborator National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Start date September 2009
End date December 2015
Trial size 160 participants
Trial identifier NCT01129804, 09-050, R01AA012827


The Network Support project is part of an ongoing effort to improve treatment for alcohol dependent patients. The Network Support Project is designed to help patients change their social network from one that reinforces drinking behavior to one that reinforces sobriety.

160 patients will be assigned to one of two treatments. Each of the treatments will last 12 weeks. The first is a Network Support (NS) treatment designed to help patients develop new acquaintances and social networks. It is expected that alcohol dependent patients will benefit from increasing their contact with non-drinking people. This NS condition will be compared to a packaged CBT program for alcoholics (PCBT) that is designed to teach a number of skills to help people stop drinking, but does not address social networks per se.

In order to better understand what is happening to the investigators patients, the investigators will be using daily computerized telephone calls to ask about people's experiences. This will be done both before and after treatment. Patients will also be asked to participate in follow-up interviews every 3 months for 2 years following the end of treatment.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
Network Support treatment is aimed at helping patients change their social support network so that it supports abstinence. In this treatment patients will be encouraged to attend AA meetings and engage in other activities that would involve non-drinkers. These activities would be determined by the patient, with help from the therapist. Patients would learn about methods of avoiding drinking, making new friends, and getting enjoyment from activities other than drinking. In addition patients will learn specific skills intended to help them make new acquaintances and change their circle of friends.
coping skills training
Patients in both treatments will be taught skills to help them keep from drinking.
(Active Comparator)
The purpose of Packaged Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment (PCBT) is to train patients in a variety of skills that they can use to keep themselves from drinking.
coping skills training
Patients in both treatments will be taught skills to help them keep from drinking.

Primary Outcomes

Proportion Days Abstinent
time frame: Every 3 months out to 2 years

Secondary Outcomes

Social Network Change
time frame: every 6 months out to 2 years

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 85 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - 18 yo - meets Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) criteria for alcohol dependence Exclusion Criteria: - acute medical or psychiatric problems that require inpatient treatment (e.g., acute psychosis, or suicide/homicide risk) - reading ability below the fifth grade level - lack of reliable transportation to the treatment site, or excessive commuting distance - inability to understand English

Additional Information

Official title Network Support for Alcohol Treatment: Mechanisms and Effectiveness
Principal investigator Mark D Litt, Ph.D.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in November 2015.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Connecticut Health Center.