Retraining Attention to Treat Alcohol Dependence and Social Anxiety (AMP)

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University of Cincinnati

Status

Completed

Conditions

Anxiety Disorders
Alcohol Drinking

Treatments

Behavioral: Anxiety Attention Training
Behavioral: Alcohol Attention Training
Behavioral: Control Training

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other
NIH

Identifiers

NCT01886716
1R21AA021151 (U.S. NIH Grant/Contract)

Details and patient eligibility

About

The purpose of this research is to test a computerized intervention for people with co-occurring social anxiety and alcohol dependence. The intervention seeks to reduce symptoms by shifting attention away from alcohol-relevant and/or socially threatening cues. The investigators expect that participants receiving alcohol or anxiety training will experience reductions in those specific symptoms compared to participants in a control condition. The investigators also expect that participants receiving combined alcohol and anxiety training will show the largest reductions in alcohol and anxiety symptoms, relative to participants in any other condition.

Full description

Alcohol Use Disorders (AUDs) and Social Anxiety Disorder are disabling and chronic conditions. In spite of these common and significantly overlapping problems, insight into the mechanisms linking alcohol dependence and social anxiety symptoms is minimal, and there are not well established treatment guidelines for this population. In this study, the investigators seek to develop a computerized intervention for individuals with symptoms of social anxiety and alcohol dependence. The intervention attempts to reduce symptoms by shifting attention away from alcohol-relevant and/or socially threatening cues. The investigators expect that participants receiving alcohol or anxiety training will experience reductions in those specific symptoms compared to participants in a control condition. The investigators also expect that participants receiving combined alcohol and anxiety training will show the largest reductions in alcohol and anxiety symptoms, relative to participants in any other condition.

Enrollment

115 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Current alcohol dependence
  • Elevated social anxiety symptoms
  • Willingness to consider cutting down on drinking

Exclusion criteria

  • Current psychosis
  • Unmanaged manic symptoms
  • Significant cognitive impairment
  • Other drug use in past month
  • Receiving cognitive behavioral therapy for alcohol use disorder or social anxiety
  • Unable to read

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Double Blind

115 participants in 4 patient groups, including a placebo group

Anxiety Attention Training only
Experimental group
Description:
Participants will receive Anxiety Attention Training and placebo Alcohol training.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Anxiety Attention Training
Alcohol Attention Training only
Experimental group
Description:
Participants will receive Alcohol Attention Training and placebo Anxiety training.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Alcohol Attention Training
Anxiety + Alcohol Attention Training
Experimental group
Description:
Participants will receive both Anxiety Attention Training and Alcohol Attention Training.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Alcohol Attention Training
Behavioral: Anxiety Attention Training
Control Training
Placebo Comparator group
Description:
Participants will receive placebo Anxiety Training and placebo Alcohol training.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Control Training

Trial contacts and locations

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