Ex-White House Drug Czar McCaffrey, U.S. Congress Drug Caucus Chair Cummings, CRC Health CEO Karlin Join Hopkins Researchers at News Conference April 17 on Breakthrough Study
Demonstration During Event; Major New Tool to Reach Additional Victims
The authors of the important new report, the first scientifically controlled study comparing Internet-based versus traditionally delivered counseling in treatment programs, published in the April issue of The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, will announce and discuss their findings. General McCaffrey, Congressman Cummings, Dr. Karlin, and other officials and experts will discuss some of the potential implications to reduce the nation’s and
The report is published in an article entitled, “Assessing the Effectiveness of an Internet-based Videoconferencing Platform for Delivering Intensified Substance Abuse Counseling.” The authors are
During the news conference, the model Internet-based program, provided by CRC Health Group’s eGetgoing division, will be demonstrated.
The study assessed internet and traditional counseling for opioid-dependent patients receiving methadone. The study reported that while expanded traditional counseling can improve response to treatment, patients using the Internet video platform had reduced time and confidentiality concerns compared to those associated with routine opioid treatment. By allowing patients to participate from home, there was enhanced support for the “convenience and increased confidentiality” with the Internet video technique. The report asserts that “integrating Internet group counseling with on-site treatment” makes the “continuum of care” available to a much wider audience, thus helping to reduce the treatment gap. The report recognizes that one glove does not fit all and that the ongoing responsibility in the struggle against drug addiction is to find many paths to treatment that fit and support the uniqueness of the individual.
Also attending will be Maryland Department of Health Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health and Disabilities
SOURCE Robert Weiner Associates and Institutes for Behavior Resources