A Feasibility Study of Drug Abuse Treatment in Afghanistan

Principal Investigator:

Knowlton Johnson


Dept. of State
07/13/09 - 07/12/12
With funding from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), PIRE will evaluate a set of 7 drug abuse residential treatment centers for men and women in Afghanistan. INL has supported training by the Colombo Programme, an inter-governmental organization aimed at promoting social and economic development in Asia. INL is required by the U.S. Congress to evaluate the training program it has supported in Afghanistan to ensure that the centers are achieving the desired outcomes. The goals of the evaluation are:  (1) to assess the pre-post change in illegal drug use, problem drinking, and related problems (e.g., illegal criminal activity, number of arrests) after participating in an in-country drug treatment program and (2) to examine the association between the level of success of former residents of drug treatment and the treatment processes (e.g., length of stay), extent and type of training that program staff has received, and contextual factors (e.g., drug addiction stigma).  Data will be collected from center directors and 500 treatment clients who remain in treatment for at least five days.  Clients will be interviewed at baseline and at six-month post treatment.  Hair samples will be collected from all of the clients during the six month follow up interview.