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Researchers Claim New Psychological Test Can Help Cocaine Addicts in Drug Rehab

Researchers at NUI Maynooth and Columbia University claim a questionnaire they have invented will identify cocaine users who will have success in drug rehab, according to a recent blog post. The test was invented by Professor Dermot Barnes-Holmes at NUI and has been successfully used in New York during drug rehab trials of 25 men, as well as three women. All had been cocaine users for nearly 15 years and Barnes-Holmes says his system has huge implications for drug addiction treatment.

Apparently, there is a huge impact on the addict's treatment because of their belief system relating to their substance abuse and the consequences that come with it, whether positive or negative. The average cocaine user was 37 years old and they were given the psychologist test upon enrolling in the six month program through Columbia University.

The outpatient program was conducted through the New York State Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University. Patients answered a number of questions related to their thoughts on cocaine cravings and then the consequences after cocaine usage. Participants also took two more tests that measured their reaction times called the Irap, or Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure and the Drug Stroop Protocol.

The study was published in January's edition of The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse and showed the rehab results were worse if the user had strong viewpoints about the positive effects of the drug before their drug rehab began.

The psychological test was derived to identify the users' beliefs, feelings and thoughts which they may want to hide or they may not be consciously aware of.

Posted on February 1st, 2012
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