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Review: family or couples therapy is more effective than non-family therapy for drug abuse
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Question In people who are drug abusers, what is the effectiveness of family or couples therapy?

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Studies were identified by searching Dissertation Abstracts International, Psychological Abstracts, and other computerised bibliographies; reviewing personal reprint files; and contacting experts in the field.

Study selection

Studies were selected if they were randomised trials pertaining to the use, abuse of, or addiction to ≥1 illicit drug and at least 1 of the comparison groups involved family or couples therapy. Studies that primarily examined alcohol abuse were excluded.

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Data were extracted on patient characteristics, study design quality (maximum 30 points), sample size, study duration, and dropout and attrition issues. Treatment conditions that were considered included use of a …

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