Harm reduction treatment helped people experiencing homelessness and alcohol use disorder cut down their drinking and improve their health – even if they didn’t quit drinking alcohol. That is one of the findings of a randomized clinical trial from a research team led by Washington State University psychology professor Susan Collins.
More than 300 participants were randomly assigned to four groups receiving different services: the first group received behavioral harm reduction treatment, which is a form of collaborative counseling that does not require sobriety or drinking reduction, plus an anti-craving medication called naltrexone; the second had the counseling and a placebo; the third, the counseling alone; and the fourth served as a control group receiving regular services. All three groups that received the behavioral harm reduction treatment over a three-month period saw more improvement than the control group—with the most improvement in the group that had both the counseling and the anti-craving medication.
Read more on what the team found: https://news.wsu.edu/2021/03/10/clinical-trial-shows-alcohol-use-disorder-recovery-can-start-without-sobriety/