Motivational interviewing in drug abuse services: A randomized trial

TitleMotivational interviewing in drug abuse services: A randomized trial
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsMiller, WR, Yahne, CE, Tonigan, JS
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Date PublishedAug
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0022-006X (Print)0022-006X (Linking)
Accession Number12924680
Keywords*Interview, Psychological, *Motivation, Adult, Female, Humans, Male, Mental Health Services/*standards, Self Disclosure, Substance-Related Disorders/*diagnosis/*therapy

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a directive, client-centered brief intervention to elicit behavior change by helping clients explore and resolve ambivalence. In this clinical trial, 152 outpatients and 56 inpatients entering public agencies for treatment of drug problems were randomly assigned to receive or not receive a single session of manual-guided MI. Drug use was assessed by self-report, urine toxicology, and collateral reports from significant others at baseline, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months. Contrary to prior reports, MI showed no effect on drug use outcomes when added to inpatient or outpatient treatment, although both groups showed substantial increases in abstinence from illicit drugs and alcohol.

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