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The effects of group format coping skills training on cocaine use in a methadone maintenance treatment program

Nomfundo Ntombizandile Wolff, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Abstract

Findings from various studies investigating treatment of severe addictions lead to the conclusion that coping skills training in group therapy is viable and addresses both the vulnerabilities and capacities of addicts. This study adapted coping skills training as treatment for use in groups, on cocaine using clients in a methadone maintenance treatment program. The customary education format was used in a control group and the effects on outcome of both treatments were analyzed. The groups were conducted in the methadone clinic. The participants were 46 clients admitted to the methadone treatment program, abusing and or dependent on cocaine. They all volunteered to participate in the study. Subjects who volunteered to be in the experimental group had no time constraints, no transportation problems and were all unemployed. Clients identified high-risk situations in which they would use cocaine and coping skills training modules were selected to address these specific needs. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Clinical|Psychology, Physiological

Recommended Citation

Nomfundo Ntombizandile Wolff, "The effects of group format coping skills training on cocaine use in a methadone maintenance treatment program" (January 1, 2001). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. Paper AAI3027273.
http://scholarworks.umass.edu/dissertations/AAI3027273

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