Pilot study of a social network intervention for heroin users in opiate substitution treatment: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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  • Edward Day
  • Alex Copello
  • Jennifer L Seddon
  • Marilyn Christie
  • Deborah Bamber
  • Charlotte Powell
  • Sanju George
  • Andrew Ball
  • Nicholas Freemantle

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  • Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, Research & Innovation Department, Radclyffe House, 66-68 Hagley Road, Birmingham B16 8PF, UK. edward.day@kcl.ac.uk


Research indicates that 3% of people receiving opiate substitution treatment (OST) in the UK manage to achieve abstinence from all prescribed and illicit drugs within 3 years of commencing treatment, and there is concern that treatment services have become skilled at engaging people but not at helping them to enter a stage of recovery and drug abstinence. The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse recommends the involvement of families and wider social networks in supporting drug users' psychological treatment, and this pilot randomized controlled trial aims to evaluate the impact of a social network-focused intervention for patients receiving OST.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264
Publication statusPublished - 2013