3. Cultural and language adaptation to Spanish of CANnabis DISorder Program (CANDIS)

Thursday, 24 November, 2022 - 16:50 to 18:20


Only 17 countries out of 30 in Europe have available standardized structured psychological programs for CUD. The original CANnabis DISorder (CANDIS) Program is a German structured treatment for CUD based on Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing that showed a reduction of cannabis use and increased abstinence rates. Currently, there are versions in german, english and polish . We are validating the Spanish Translation and Adaptation of CANDIS. The aim of this session is to explain the validation process, challenges and preliminary results.

Protocol of Research Study: Protocol of Structured treatment CANDIS (Spanish adaptation) Preliminary results open-label study of Spanish CANDIS.

  • Preliminary results shows that CANDIS is well-received by both patients and professionals
  • Adherence to CANDIS is higher than treatment as usual.
  • Positive outcomes (reduction/abstinence) are most common in CANDIS group than in TAU group (53% v/s 34%) and treatment adherence (30% v/s 48%) at 6 months follow up.

Spanish validation of CANDIS is promising and potentially scalable to other Spanish-speaking countries, but definitive results are required. Cost-effectiveness of CANDIS is a concerning and must be compared with other treatments (brief interventions, non-structured treatment). Adaptation of CANDIS to group therapy may improve results and reduce costs.


Presentation files

24 115 1650 Pablo Guzmán.pdf735.79 KBDownload



Part of session