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Early Attrition From Treatment Among Women With Cooccurring Substance Use Disorders and PTSD

NCJ Number
241993
Journal
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions Volume: 12 Issue: 4 Dated: October - December 2012 Pages: 348-369
Author(s)
Stella M. Resko, Ph.D., M.S.W., B.S.S.W.; Natasha S. Mendoza, M.S.W., Ph.D., B.S.S.W.
Date Published
December 2012
Length
22 pages
Annotation
This study examined prominent factors associated with early attrition among women with co-occurring substance use disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Abstract
Participant retention is one of the more challenging issues in the treatment of substance use disorders. Using data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network's Women and Trauma Study (recruitment in 2004-2005), the authors examine prominent factors associated with early attrition among women with co-occurring substance use disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder (N=340). Early treatment attrition is associated with a history of youth partner violence, perceived need for psychological treatment, and abuse of alcohol, opioids, and stimulants. Logistical barriers (e.g., transportation, having children) were not significantly associated with early attrition. Findings provide insight into characteristics of women who might need additional supports to engage in treatment. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.