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Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Abuse Treatment. Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); 1999. (Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 35.)

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Figure 3-3: How To Ask Open-Ended Questions

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How To Ask Open-Ended Questions
Closed Question Open Question
So you are here because you are concerned about your use of alcohol, correct?Tell me, what is it that brings you here today?
How many children do you have?Tell me about your family.
Do you agree that it would be a good idea for you to go through detoxification?What do you think about the possibility of going through detoxification?
First, I'd like you to tell me some about your marijuana use. On a typical day, how much do you smoke?Tell me about your marijuana use during a typical week.
Do you like to smoke?What are some of the things you like about smoking?
How has your drug use been this week, compared to last: more, less, or about the same?What has your drug use been like during the past week?
Do you think you use amphetamines too often?In what ways are you concerned about your use of amphetamines?
How long ago did you have your last drink?Tell me about the last time you had a drink.
Are you sure that your probation officer told you that it's only cocaine he is concerned about in your urine screens?Now what exactly are the conditions that your probation officer wants you to follow?
When do you plan to quit drinking?So what do you think you want to do about your drinking?

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