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Type: Journal article
Title: The psychostimulant check-up: A pilot study of a brief intervention to reduce illicit stimulant use
Author: Smout, M.
Longo, M.
Harrison, S.
Minniti, R.
Cahill, S.
Wickes, W.
White, J.
Citation: Drug and Alcohol Review, 2010; 29(2):169-176
Publisher: Carfax Publishing
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 0959-5236
1465-3362
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Matthew F. Smout, Marie Longo, Sonia Harrison, Rinaldo Minniti, Sharon Cahill, Wendy Wickes and Jason M. White
Abstract: INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: This study is to test the acceptability of a single-session 'check-up' intervention for psychostimulant users and document participants' subsequent progress in reducing psychostimulant use and related harms. DESIGN AND METHODS: The design was pre-experimental single-group repeated measures. Eighty participants received the Psychostimulant Check-Up, with 62% completing a 3 month follow up. RESULTS: Participants were predominantly young adult methamphetamine users. The majority indicated that the Check-Up answered their questions, increased their awareness of services, and they would recommend it to their friends. At follow up, there was a significant reduction in self-reported methamphetamine use, the number of self-reported psychostimulant-related negative consequences experienced in the previous month and rates of injecting: 62% self-reported at least a 1 g reduction in methamphetamine use. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS: The intervention was well accepted and the majority of those who received it subsequently made meaningful reductions in psychostimulant use and related harm. The intervention offers sufficient promise to warrant a randomised trial to establish whether improvements were specific to the intervention.
Keywords: brief intervention; methamphetamine; Check-Up
Rights: © 2009 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
RMID: 0020095467
DOI: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2009.00133.x
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