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Subst Abus. 2013;34(3):233-41. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2012.746950.

A pilot study of interpersonal psychotherapy for alcohol-dependent women with co-occurring major depression.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester, 300 Crittenden Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14620, USA. Stephanie Gamble@urmc.rochester.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Co-occurring major depression is prevalent among alcohol-dependent women and is a risk factor for poor treatment outcomes. This uncontrolled pilot study tested the feasibility, acceptability, and initial effects of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for women with co-occurring alcohol dependence and major depression (AD-MD) in an outpatient community addiction treatment program.

METHODS:

Fourteen female patients with concurrent diagnoses of alcohol dependence and major depression participated. Assessments were conducted at baseline, midtreatment (8 and 16 weeks), posttreatment (24 weeks), and follow-up (32 weeks).

RESULTS:

Participants attended a mode of 8 out of 8 possible sessions of IPT in addition to their routine addiction care, and reported high treatment satisfaction on the Client Satisfaction Questionnaire-8. Women's drinking behavior, depressive symptoms, and interpersonal functioning improved significantly over the treatment period and were sustained at follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS:

These preliminary findings suggest that IPT is a feasible, highly acceptable adjunctive behavioral intervention for AD-MD women.

PMID:
23844953
PMCID:
PMC3711642
DOI:
10.1080/08897077.2012.746950
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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