CLINICAL TRIAL

Listening to Women for Drug Abuse

Recruiting · 18 - 65 · Female · Charleston, SC

This study is evaluating whether a text-message based screening and brief intervention program can be effective for pregnant and postpartum women.

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About the trial for Drug Abuse

Eligible Conditions
Substance-Related Disorders · Substance Use · Depression · Anxiety · Pregnant State

Treatment Groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Listening To Women is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Main TreatmentA portion of participants receive this new treatment to see if it outperforms the control.
Listening to Women
BEHAVIORAL
Control TreatmentAnother portion of participants receive the standard treatment to act as a baseline.

Eligibility

This trial is for female patients between 18 and 65 years old. There are 6 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Inclusion & Exclusion Checklist
Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
18 to 41-year-old women of any race or ethnicity. show original
Can access the internet and has a device that can be used for audio and video teleconference. show original
Can understand English. show original
Capable of understanding what is being said and giving consent that is informed. show original
If you are pregnant and receiving prenatal care within MUSC Health System, you are in good hands. show original
This person owns a cell phone that can send text messages. show original
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Odds of Eligibility
Unknown<50%
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Approximate Timelines

Please note that timelines for treatment and screening will vary by patient
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: varies
Reporting: 8 months
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 8 months
This trial has approximate timelines as follows: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and reporting: 8 months.
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Measurement Requirements

This trial is evaluating whether Listening to Women will improve 6 primary outcomes and 6 secondary outcomes in patients with Drug Abuse. Measurement will happen over the course of At Screening.

Treatment Referral
AT SCREENING
The Proportion of those screening positive that are referred to treatment among those assigned to LTW, compared to TAU
AT SCREENING
Improved Maternal Functioning
CHANGE FROM BASELINE MATERNAL FUNCTIONING AT 3-MONTHS POST STUDY ENROLLMENT
change in maternal functioning measured by the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36 (SF-36v2).
CHANGE FROM BASELINE MATERNAL FUNCTIONING AT 3-MONTHS POST STUDY ENROLLMENT
Reduction in Substance Use
CHANGE FROM BASELINE SUBSTANCE USE AT 3-MONTHS POST STUDY ENROLLMENT
Change in substance use frequency and amount as measured by the NIDA-Modified Quick Screen among women referred for treatment.
CHANGE FROM BASELINE SUBSTANCE USE AT 3-MONTHS POST STUDY ENROLLMENT
Improved Health-Related Social Needs
CHANGE FROM BASELINE HEALTH-RELATED SOCIAL NEEDS USE AT 3-MONTHS POST STUDY ENROLLMENT
Change in health-related social needs measured by the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Health-Related Social Needs (HRSN) Screening Tool among those assigned to LTW, compared to TAU
CHANGE FROM BASELINE HEALTH-RELATED SOCIAL NEEDS USE AT 3-MONTHS POST STUDY ENROLLMENT
Reduction in Mental Health Symptoms
CHANGE FROM BASELINE EPDS AT 3-MONTHS POST STUDY ENROLLMENT
Mean change in the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) among women referred for treatment. A score of 10 or more on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale suggests clinically elevated depressive symptoms requiring further evaluation.
CHANGE FROM BASELINE EPDS AT 3-MONTHS POST STUDY ENROLLMENT
Completion of SBIRT
SCREENING THROUGH 3-MONTHS POST STUDY ENROLLMENT
Proportion of participants that complete a screen for mental health and substance use, the proportion of those screening positive that are referred to treatment, and the proportion of those referred to treatment that had at least one mental health and/or substance use disorder treatment appointment among those assigned to LTW, compared to TAU
SCREENING THROUGH 3-MONTHS POST STUDY ENROLLMENT
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Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
C. G.
Prof. Constance Guille, Associate Professor
Medical University of South Carolina

Patient Q & A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

What causes drug abuse?

The use or abuse of drugs may also be influenced by many other factors besides the availability of drugs including social pressures, the culture and society of each country, and health-care professionals' attitudes and advice.

Anonymous Patient Answer

How many people get drug abuse a year in the United States?

In a recent study, findings of this study, taken together with other data from other national surveys and studies, indicate that somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of the U.S. population use some form of illicit drug regularly. This number increases with age, from 6 to 8 percent of the population under the age of 15, to 14 percent of the population between 18- to 24-year-olds, and up to 16 percent of individuals at least 25 years old. This report also documents the higher percentage of Hispanics and minorities who use illicit drugs.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Can drug abuse be cured?

Treatment of addictions requires long-term abstinence in order to return. However, this will never happen, as the brain can form new neural pathways to compensate for the disruption created by the drug. Since drug abuse is a physical disease, treatment of addictions will require a physical cure as well. This physical cure can only come from the drugs, but drug abuse cannot be cured with drug addiction. So, the person must accept that the addiction is permanent or irreparable. In a long-term study of more than 3000 prisoners, it was found that none of them were successful at long-term abstinence. It is important to realize that most drug addicts will not have complete abstinence from their drug of choice for long.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is drug abuse?

Drug abuse results from habitual use of a variety of drugs, usually for euphoric or other rewarding effects and often in combination with other drugs, without considering their potential for harm. Abuse of several different classes of drugs is relatively ubiquitous in modern societies and has evolved as a method of coping with social pressures; in some societies, it is the most extreme form of a range of behavioural problems. Alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, amphetamines and opiates are common and widely consumed. The harms of substance use vary according to type and dose and the substance abused. Drug misuse (excessive or inappropriate use of drugs other than prescribed medicines or of addictive potential) is a public health problem of major social importance.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are the signs of drug abuse?

The most frequently reported sign of drug abuse was 'inability to cope with lifestyle issues' and 'inability to handle stress or worry' among working adults. The prevalence of reported symptoms was higher for occupational health issues than for mental illness, except in 'drug withdrawal' symptoms and 'conflict/insecurity' in the latter.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are common treatments for drug abuse?

It is important to evaluate potential side effects of different medications. Treatment for drug abuse also includes counselling, social support, or support groups, as well as support for recovery in individuals with a past history of drug abuse.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Have there been any new discoveries for treating drug abuse?

There are some new therapies that have been shown to be effective to treat drug addiction, however many patients are not willing to take up alternative therapies due to the long term side effects. More research is needed to explore the reasons why a majority of patients do not take up these therapies.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are the common side effects of listening to women?

Results from a recent paper and other recent literature have found that listening to female speakers is effective in lowering sexual aggressiveness and controlling anger. If the female speaker's voice is of a familiar or trusted source, this effect is even more profound. These observations may provide some insight into why certain female speakers, such as some female political or military leaders, are viewed as authoritative.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is the latest research for drug abuse?

Drug addiction, in particular, addiction to prescription and illicit opiates and inhalants, presents serious health and social problems throughout the world. This article is based on the most recent research from the most credible sources. Please visit the Reference section on Drug Abuse from the Cleveland Clinic webpage https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/2370-opiates-illicit-inhalants-and-substances#, to find more recent and more comprehensive research and treatment options for drug abusers.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Does listening to women improve quality of life for those with drug abuse?

Listen to women's voices was an important therapeutic tool that enhanced QOL. It may be valuable for women living with drug abuse, and clinicians who assess or intervene should consider this intervention.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Who should consider clinical trials for drug abuse?

Patients with substance use disorders are willing to participate in clinical trials, but clinicians often perceive this group to be poor candidates for study inclusion. Patient barriers, such as cost, privacy, and concerns about getting informed consent, can be circumvented by using low-risk, fast-track design procedures like those already being used in other clinical research.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is listening to women?

A majority of the participants viewed listening to them as positive. The majority of the participants felt that their perception of listening to them would improve their relationship with their family and others and they expressed some interest in hearing more about their experiences.

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