Initial Pilot Test of a Group- Texting Intervention to Sustain Opioid Abstinence Following Residential Detoxification and Treatment

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Relapse to opioids is common among detoxified patients following discharge from residential treatment. Mobile phone, group-texting technology offers an innovative method for delivering effective, lowcost aftercare during this critical period. Recent research suggests acceptance and mindfulness processes might be useful targets in opioid detoxification. An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) group-texting intervention was developed and tested in a small pilot study (N=10) with detoxified opioid patients in residential treatment (RT). Participants received 6 ACT-based group sessions while in RT and 4 weeks of ACT group-text messaging following discharge. Overall, the intervention was well received and feasible. Half of the participants received 5 or 6 RT sessions and replied to post-discharge texting prompts.

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