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Anxiety research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

Anxiety Sensitivity Treatment for Heroin Users is a development project targeting mild and above levels of anxiety sensitivity that will involve the testing of a specialized protocol for improving treatment retention and outcomes for heroin dependent individuals in a residential substance use treatment. ASTH-HR will integrate established treatment modules such as Healthy Relationships, along with interoceptive exposure, affect management, and psycho-education exercises developed for anxiety prevention and treatment programs with standard substance use treatment.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - exhibit a score of 21 on a self-report measure of anxiety sensitivity - be in 28 days of residential substance use treatment. - meet criteria for current opioid dependence as determined by SCID interview administered at intake. Exclusion Criteria: - evidence of limited mental competency - the inability to give informed, voluntary, written consent to participate - current psychosis - current bipolar disorder.

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?


Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Behavioral:Anxiety sensitivity therapyASTH consists of 6 sessions of individual treatment, each lasting approximately 75 minutes over 3 weeks. In general, each session consists of the following components1) psychoeducation regarding the anxiety response, with a focus on increasing awareness of the ways in which the patient interprets or evaluates that response 2) assistance in developing healthy emotion regulation strategies that can be used to increase acceptance and tolerance of the anxiety response (including associated catastrophic thoughts), as well as understanding the consequences associated with avoidance or control of anxiety 3) a minimum of 3 interoceptive exercises tailored to activate feared anxiety-related sensations and 4) daily homework assignments (i.e., daily anxiety monitoring and interoceptive exercises).

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Study Status

Unknown status

Start Date: October 2009

Completed Date: September 2011

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Anxiety Sensitivity Index-3

Secondary Outcome: Timeline Follow Back 90 days

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator:

Lead Sponsor: University of Maryland


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