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J Consult Clin Psychol. 2001 Oct;69(5):858-62.

Motivational interviewing with cocaine-dependent patients: a pilot study.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 77030, USA.


A brief motivational interviewing (MI) intervention was evaluated within the context of an outpatient, cocaine-detoxification program. MI was hypothesized to assist patients in completing the detoxification program and to improve outcomes during subsequent treatment. Participants (N = 105) were randomly assigned to MI or to detox-only conditions. Results indicated that although participants completed the detoxification program at equal rates, completers who received MI increased use of behavioral coping strategies and had fewer cocaine-positive urine samples on beginning the primary treatment. MI patients with lower initial motivation were more likely to complete detoxification.

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