Does taking steps to control one's drug use predict entry into treatment

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Abstract

Background: Treatment readiness has been shown to predict entry and success in drug treatment programs. Objective: To examine the association between treatment readiness (defined as engaging in activities to control one's drug use) and enrolling in drug treatment. Methods: Longitudinal data collected through face-to-face interviews (March 2004-February 2007, NIDA-funded) from 585 injectors in Baltimore were analyzed. Results: Avoiding buying drugs and drug-related people and places were associated with entering treatment at follow-up. Also, the more activities one engaged in, the greater likelihood of entering drug treatment. Conclusions and Scientific Significance: These findings suggest that practicing behaviors to control one's drug use may be a beneficial strategy for getting ready for treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-283
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Avoidance
  • Drug treatment
  • Drug use
  • Injectors
  • Natural recovery
  • Treatment readiness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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