Alcohol education provided to opioid treatment program patients: Results of a nationwide survey

Shiela M. Strauss, Gavin Harris, Carina Katigbak, David M. Rindskopf, Sheena Singh, Ilana Greenblum, Lawrence S. Brown, Steven Kipnis, Steven A. Kritz, Mark W. Parrino

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Abstract

Alcohol-related problems are especially common among opioid treatment program (OTP) patients, suggesting that educating OTP patients about alcohol and its harmful effects needs to be a priority in OTPs. Using data collected in interviews with a nationwide U.S. sample of OTP directors (N = 200) in 25 states, we identified factors that differentiate OTPs that provided this education to all OTP patients from those that did not. Findings indicate that these factors include (1) providing this education in a greater variety of ways, (2) having a larger percent of staff knowledgeable about alcohol-related issues, (3) having a director who views alcohol issues as a high priority, and (4) having a written OTP policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-393
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of drug education
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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