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Skills training programmes for significant others may encourage unmotivated drug users to seek treatment

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QUESTION: Can community reinforcement and family training (CRAFT) for concerned significant others encourage drug users to seek treatment?


Randomised trial with allocation concealment, but no blinding.


Albuquerque, New Mexico; timeframe not specified.


Participants were 90 concerned significant others of illicit drug users who refused treatment. All were recruited through newspaper advertisements. 88% women; 49% Hispanic; 53% were parents of drug users and 30% were partners.


Participants received 1 of 3 interventions: (1) CRAFT behaviour change skills training; (2) CRAFT plus group aftercare sessions; (3) Al-Anon and Nar-Anon facilitation therapy. The CRAFT programme involved 12 1-hour sessions of individual skills training in how to …

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