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West Haven, Connecticut 06516


Purpose:

VA investigators have described greater substance use at the beginning of the month when disability and other monthly checks are received. The proposed research addresses an important VA priority�seeing that veterans� funds are spent to improve veterans� quality of life and are not misspent on substances of abuse.


Study summary:

Background: VA investigators have described greater substance use at the beginning of the month when disability and other monthly checks are received. The proposed research addresses an important VA priority�seeing that veterans� funds are spent to improve veterans� quality of life and are not misspent on substances of abuse. Objectives: The objective was to determine the effectiveness of a money management-based therapy called ATM for veterans who abuse cocaine or alcohol compared to a financial advice control condition. Methods: Veterans were randomly assigned to 36-weeks of ATM or to the control condition, financial advice. ATM (Adviser-Teller Money Manager) involves meeting with a money manager at least weekly. The money manager performs three functions�limiting patients� access to funds by storing checkbooks and ATM cards, training patients to budget their funds, and linking spending to treatment goals. The control condition involved listing income and expenses in a workbook. Veterans were enrolled from each of two sites if they had spent at least $100 in the preceding 90 days on alcohol or cocaine, and had at least $300 per month income. Measures of treatment fidelity and participation included number of visits attended, whether funds were stored, monthly income and expenses and Likert-scaled ratings from 1-4 of money management-related outcomes. Outcome measures collected included urine toxicology tests and breathalyzers, self-reported substance use as assessed by the ASI follow-up, and secondary measures including quality of life and psychiatric symptomatology. Status: Data analysis is ongoing. Attempts are being made to (a) disseminate ATM and assess its effect among homeless women veterans (b) determine the reliability and validity of money management-based assessments used to determine which veterans are capable of managing their funds (c) optimize funds management by disabled veterans.


Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: Age _>18. Meets DSM-II criteria for cocaine abuse or alcohol abuse. Self-reported use of at least $100 worth of alcohol or cocaine during 30 days within last 90 days. Income of at least $300 per month. Exclusion Criteria: Currently receives money management, physiological dependence on alcohol or opiates, has a conservator or other payee


NCT ID:

NCT00105768


Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Marc I. Rosen, MD
VA Connecticut Healthcare System West Haven Campus, West Haven, CT


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

West Haven, Connecticut 06516
United States



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Site Status: N/A


Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: December 10, 2017

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