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J Subst Abuse Treat. 2014 Feb;46(2):113-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2013.08.013. Epub 2013 Sep 26.

Intensive motivational interviewing for women with concurrent alcohol problems and methamphetamine dependence.

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Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute, Emeryville, CA 94608-1010. Electronic address: rkorcha@arg.org.

Abstract

Motivational interviewing (MI) for the treatment of alcohol and drug problems is typically conducted over 1 to 3 sessions. The current work evaluates an intensive 9-session version of MI (Intensive MI) compared to a standard single MI session (Standard MI) using 163 methamphetamine (MA) dependent individuals. The primary purpose of this paper is to report the unexpected finding that women with co-occurring alcohol problems in the Intensive MI condition reduced the severity of their alcohol problems significantly more than women in the Standard MI condition at the 6-month follow-up. Stronger perceived alliance with the therapist was inversely associated with alcohol problem severity scores. Findings indicate that Intensive MI is a beneficial treatment for alcohol problems among women with MA dependence.

KEYWORDS:

Alcohol Treatment; Methamphetamine Treatment; Motivational Interviewing; Randomized Clinical Trial; Women

PMID:
24074649
PMCID:
PMC3840101
DOI:
10.1016/j.jsat.2013.08.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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