A review of psychosocial interventions for amphetamine use

TitleA review of psychosocial interventions for amphetamine use
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsBaker, A, Lee, NK
JournalDrug and Alcohol Review
Date PublishedSep
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0959-5236 (Print)0959-5236 (Linking)
Accession Number15385227
KeywordsAmphetamine-Related Disorders/*rehabilitation, Cognitive Therapy/methods, Humans, Psychology, Residential Treatment

There are clear signs that amphetamine use is increasing in Australia and internationally, yet there are few services that offer amphetamine-specific interventions. This review examines the evidence for the use of psychosocial interventions for amphetamine users. The literature is very limited in the number of well-conducted, controlled studies, but the evidence available suggests that cognitive-behavioural therapy appears to be current best practice. Motivational interviewing has been recommended as a strategy to assist those ambivalent for treatment. There is also some evidence that contingency management is effective while clients are in treatment. The effectiveness of other types of intervention is not well supported. The literature is particularly hindered by a paucity of well-conducted studies among primary amphetamine users. Recommendations about appropriate interventions for use in clinical settings are offered and directions for future research are considered.

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