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1. Patient Population

29 men and 15 women were contacted. Their average age is now 34.2 ± 9.7 years (Range 17 - 73 years.). The average number of years in school was 14.1 ± 2.4 (range 10 - 22) years with an average income of about $30,000/year.

Drug Use

Drug use had started in these patients at an average age of 16.6 ± 5.1 (range 8-30) years. 27 of those interviewed had used drugs greater than 10 years at the time of treatment. None had used drugs less than one year, three had used drugs I to 3 years and the balance from 4 to 10 years.

At this follow-up interview, 41 of the 45 interviewed (91%) report that they are currently off of drugs. Alcohol was used socially by 22 of those interviewed but none of these reported heavy or uncontrolled drinking. The individual who had undertaken the program specifically for alcohol abuse reported that he no longer used alcohol.

A table of pre- and post-treatment drug use follows. Improvement in drug-abusing behavior was seen for all types of drugs monitored. Those still using drugs are currently using less powerful drugs than they formerly used.

DRUG TYPE PRETREATMENT POST-TREATMENT
ALCOHOL 38 22
MARIJUANA/HASHISH 39 3
COCAINE 36 0
AMPHETAMINES 32 0
LSD/HALLUCINOGENS 25 0
HEROIN 8 0
OTHER OPIATES 14 0
ANTIDEPRESSANTS 13 0
OTHERS 8 3
NO DRUG OR ALCOHOL USE   23