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Depression Treatment Cuts Drug Abuse

Thursday, 07 June 2012 01:30 PM

Adolescents who are treated for depression – with therapy, medications or both – are less likely to abuse illicit drugs later on, a new study has found.
The 5-year-study, led by Duke University investigators, involved nearly 200 youths at 11 sites across the United States. Researchers found only 10 percent of the teens whose depression receded after 12 weeks of treatment later abused drugs, compared to 25 percent of those for whom treatment did not work, said lead researcher John Curry, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.
"It turned out that whatever they responded to -- cognitive behavioral therapy, Prozac, both treatments, or a placebo -- if they did respond within 12 weeks they were less likely to develop a drug-use disorder," Curry said.
The researchers said treatment may help improve depressed teens’ moods and outlook, teach them coping skills and provide support – all of which may be key factors in keeping them off drugs.
The study, published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, found no such relationship when it came to thwarting alcohol abuse – a finding that surprised researchers.
"It does point out that alcohol use disorders are very prevalent during that particular age period and there's a need for a lot of prevention and education for college students to avoid getting into heavy drinking and then the beginnings of an alcohol disorder," Curry said. "I think that is definitely a take-home message."

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