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Match motivational interviews to the client
Motivational interviews are not universally beneficial or at worst neutral – sometimes they make things worse. In this US study they helped ambivalent patients make the most of their treatment but impeded the recovery of those already committed to change.
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Therapist directiveness is an important influence on outcomes
One of the few 'matches' found by the huge US Project MATCH alcohol treatment trial was that motivational therapy bettered CBT for clients prone to anger. One of the clinics has shown why – because motivational therapists were less directive.
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Brief interventions short-change some heavily dependent cannabis users
This large US study demonstrated that dependent cannabis users can benefit from individualised therapy which extends beyond the brief approaches previously found to produce outcomes equivalent to longer treatments.
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Screening and motivational interviews work with heroin and cocaine users
Substantial minorities of heroin and cocaine users identified while visiting a US hospital for medical care cut back after assessment and brief motivational counselling, extending the potential of this approach beyond heavy drinkers.
Analysis of counselling session recordings from therapists trained in motivational interviewing suggests that the important quality of seeming 'genuine' can suffer if training mandates unnaturally withholding normal responses; however, departing from these tenets is risky unless done by a socially skilled therapist.
Concludes that retaining psychosocial therapy skills after the popular workshop training format requires follow-up consultation, supervision or feedback. Rather than simply ‘ticking the box’ by sending staff to one-off workshops, the implication is that services must invest much more to be confident the investment has paid off for clients.
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Dual diagnosis add-on to mental health services improves outcomes
A unique British study has found that treatment-resistant schizophrenic patients benefit from additional integrated substance use/mental health therapy, which may also save costs by reducing the need for inpatient care.
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First British study to tackle excessive drinking by methadone patients
English clinic challenged assumptions by patients and staff that excessive drinking was not a priority for patients dependent on opiates. A short programme of motivational interviewing, plus detox when needed, led many to curb their drinking.
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Student drug users respond well to one-to-one motivational sessions
London study suggests that individual brief motivational sessions from non-teaching staff could fulfill a college's responsibilities to prevent drug-related harm more effectively than media campaigns or health education lectures.
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Check how your former patients are doing
In Chicago a simple quarterly check up on how former patients were doing doubled the number of relapsers who returned to treatment and hastened their return, in the end cutting the numbers still in need of help.
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