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Use of Therapeutic Touch in Treatment of Drug Addictions

Hagemaster, Julia PhD, ARNP

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

The purpose of this pilot study is to examine the efficacy of Therapeutic Touch (TT) as a form of treatment intervention with persons who abuse alcohol and/or other drugs. A between-subjects design compared treatment outcomes of three groups of alcohol and other drug abusers over five months. The Addiction Severity Index (ASI), Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST), Beck Depression Inventory (BI), and Personal Experiences: Therapeutic Touch and Frequency of Alcohol/Drug Use questionnaires were administered to the group receiving TT (Group A) and both control groups (Mimic TT Group B and No Intervention Group C) at various points in the study. Preliminary findings indicate that the use of TT could be effective in prolonging periods of abstinence for alcohol and other drug abusers.

Assistant Professor, University of Kansas, School of Nursing, Kansas City, Kansas (Hagemaster)

This study was supported by funding from the American Nurse Foundation.

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