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Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment

Impact Evaluation of an Addiction Intervention Program in a Quebec Prison

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Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment 2015:9 47-57

Original Research

Published on 01 Jun 2015

DOI: 10.4137/SART.S22464


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Abstract

Objectives: This study evaluates the effects of a prison-based addiction intervention program. The evaluation is based on a multidimensional data collection that draws a portrait of the respondents’ substance use, and of their psychological/emotional, social, and judicial spheres. It measures the changes, or lack thereof, in substance use; the psychological/emotional, social, and judicial spheres; as well as the post-treatment services used.

Method: A quasi-experimental repeated measures design (0, 6 weeks, and 6 months) was used. Effects of the program were identified by comparing the results obtained by a group of inmates who had participated in the program (n = 80; experimental group) with those of another group who had received no intervention (n = 70; control group).

Results: The preliminary results suggested a certain treatment effect related to impulsivity and psychological distress.

Conclusion: Although the preliminary results were promising, the experimental and control groups did not differ significantly when more robust analyses were used.



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