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Indian J Cancer. 2018 Oct-Dec;55(4):382-389. doi: 10.4103/ijc.IJC_650_17.

Effectiveness of two psychological intervention techniques for de-addiction among patients with addiction to tobacco and alcohol - A double-blind randomized control trial.

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1
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Index Institute of Dental Sciences, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.
2
Department of Public Health Dentistry, JSS Dental College and Hospital, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, JSS Medical Institutions Campus, SS Nagar, Mysore, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
3
Department of Orthodontics, JSS Dental College and Hospital, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, JSS Medical Institutions Campus, SS Nagar, Mysore, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
4
Department of Periodontics, Index Institute of Dental Sciences, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.
5
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India.
6
Department of Public Health Dentistry, People's Dental Academy, Bhanpur, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Abstract

Objective:

The objective of this study was to evaluate effectiveness of two psychological intervention techniques (reading - writing therapy vs. games - narrative therapy) using motivational intervention alone as a control among tobacco addicts.

Materials and Method:

This randomized control trial was conducted over a period of 6 months from April to September 2013 at a de-addiction center in Madhya Pradesh, India. Patients with moderate-to-high levels of dependence as determined by Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence (FTND) admitted for treatment in a de-addiction center were recruited. A cluster randomization technique was used for allocation of participants to three different groups. Group allocation was concealed from investigator and done by coordinator. Three interventions were group A - motivational intervention alone, group B - games and story therapy along with motivational intervention, and group C - reading and writing therapy along with motivational intervention. Interventions were applied for 1 month. Two postintervention follow-ups (one at the time of discharge and one after 1 month following discharge) were done to assess level of dependence using FTND besides undertaking urine cotinine analysis among three randomly selected participants in each group.

Results:

A total of 82 participants (28 in group A, 27 each in groups B and C) completed the study. Eighty-one (98.8%) participants had complete abstinence at the end of 1 month with no significant difference in the success rate between different categories (P = 0.357). At the end of 1 month following discharge from center, only 7 participants (8.5%) had complete abstinence and 51 participants (62.2%) had partial reduction and remaining 24 participants (29.3%) were considered failures with no difference between three groups (P = 0.768).

Conclusion:

Although overall abstinence was low (8.5%), all intervention techniques were equally effective in at least reducing level of dependence with no significant difference in their efficacy.

KEYWORDS:

Addiction; games therapy; motivational intervention; nicotine dependence; psychological intervention; reading and writing therapy

PMID:
30829275
DOI:
10.4103/ijc.IJC_650_17
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