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BU Study Finds Chronic Care Management Has Limited Impact on Alcohol Abstinence

People with alcohol and other drug dependence who received chronic care management, including relapse-prevention counseling and medical, addiction, and psychiatric treatment, were no more abstinent than those who received usual primary care, according to a study led by Dr. Richard Saitz, professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health and professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. The study, published in the September 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, found no difference in abstinence from stimulants, opioids, and heavy drinking between people who received a chronic care management (CCM) intervention and a control group – 44 percent vs. 42 percent, respectively, at 12 months.