Motivational interviewing with alcohol outpatients

TitleMotivational interviewing with alcohol outpatients
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsBien, TH, Miller, WR, Boroughs, JM
JournalBehavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
PublisherCambridge University Press
Place PublishedUnited Kingdom
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1352-46581469-1833
Accession Number1995-11101-001. First Author & Affiliation: Bien, Thomas H.
KeywordsAlcohol Rehabilitation, Alcoholism, Followup Studies, interviews, Motivation, motivational interviewing, outpatient treatment, standard alcohol outpatient treatment with vs without brief motivational interview, treatment outcome, alcoholic patients, 3 mo followup

32 outpatients from a substance abuse treatment program were assigned to receive or not receive a brief motivational intervention in addition to standard outpatient treatment. The additional intervention consisted of 2 additional hours of assessment and a 1-hr motivational interview. Control Ss received the same additional assessment but with an attention-placebo interview instead. Ss assigned to receive the additional intervention demonstrated superior clinical outcome at 3-mo follow-up on a composite variable composed of 3 variables: (1) total standard drinks, (2) peak blood alcohol level, and (3) percent days abstinent. By 6-mo follow-up, the superiority of the treatment group was modest and no longer significant. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)

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