Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Malcolm H. Robertson

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard Tsegaye-Spates

Third Advisor

Dr. Lisa Oldham-Baker

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Substance abuse treatment outcome is an important area for clinical research. Furthermore, it is important to identify sub-populations which may require additional treatment services in order to improve outcome. Cocaine dependent individuals have been identified as a group that provides many challenges to clinicians and researchers due to the high incidence of relapse. The current study explored the differences in treatment retention between persons diagnosed with either cocaine or alcohol dependence. There was a significant difference between the length of stay for the two groups (p=.003). However, there was not a significant difference in type of discharge between the two groups. Results are discussed with respect to findings reported in the literature. Recommendations for treatment planning are considered.

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Psychology Commons