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Treatment for Teens and Young Adults with Marijuana and/or Alcohol Abuse and Depression
Clinical Trial ( IRB ) #: 14-185C-3
Title: Treatment for Teens and Young Adults with Marijuana and/or Alcohol Abuse and Depression
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yifrah Kaminer
Description: The purpose of this study is to test an innovative approach to treat the combination of marijuana and/or alcohol abuse and depression. All individuals will receive standard outpatient talk therapy for marijuana and/or alcohol use that lasts for 12 weeks. After 4 weeks of treatment, each person’s depression will be re-evaluated. If the depression is much improved, he/she will continue in the treatment marijuana and/or alcohol use. For those who are still depressed after 4 weeks, we will randomly assign one-half to an additional new investigational depression talk therapy. The other half of the individuals will be assigned to additional standard depression treatment outside of the study. The study team will work with the individual and family to access a community provider. Each individual will be assessed several times throughout the 12- week treatment. This program is for teens and young adults between the ages of 13-21 who abuse marijuana and/or alcohol and struggle with depression. Participation in this no cost program is completely voluntary. Teen/Young Adult may be compensated up to $175 in gift cards and parents up to $140 in gift cards for full participation in the program. Participants are asked to provide urine samples at various times during the treatment program. Treatment sessions and assessments will take place at UConn Health and transportation may be provided within the study catchment area, if needed, to and from the treatment site.
Classification:
  Addiction/Substance Abuse
  Psychiatry - Child and Adolescent
Eligibility Criteria: Teens and Young Adults between 13-21 years of age who abuse marijuana and/or alcohol and struggle with depression.
How to Contact: Rebecca Burke. Telephone: 860-679-8478 or 860-384-1768. Email: burke@uchc.edu
Enrollment Status/Comments: Currently enrolling.