Engaging young probation-referred marijuana-abusing individuals in treatment: A pilot trial

TitleEngaging young probation-referred marijuana-abusing individuals in treatment: A pilot trial
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsSinha, R, Easton, C, Renee-Aubin, L, Carroll, KM
JournalAmerican Journal on Addictions
Date PublishedJul-Sep
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1055-0496 (Print)1055-0496 (Linking)
Accession Number14504024
Keywords*Behavior Therapy, *Motivation, *Psychotherapy, Brief, *Referral and Consultation, Adolescent, Adult, Ambulatory Care, Combined Modality Therapy, Female, Humans, Male, Marijuana Abuse/psychology/*rehabilitation, Patient Acceptance of Health Care/*psychology, Prisoners/*psychology, Substance Abuse Treatment Centers, Treatment Outcome

Young marijuana abusers rarely seek treatment themselves and are difficult to engage in treatment when referred by social agencies. To evaluate treatment engagement strategies in this population, 65 young probation-referred marijuana abusers were randomly assigned to either three-session motivational enhancement therapy (MET alone) or three-session MET plus contingency management (MET/CM), with vouchers for treatment attendance. A significantly higher number of participants in the MET/CM condition completed the three-session intervention as compared with MET alone. Participants in both conditions reported significant reductions in marijuana use and improvement in legal problems. These findings suggest that young marijuana abusers benefit from scientifically validated treatments.

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