Article: Brief Interventions Futile for Problem Drug Use

Brief Interventions Futile for Problem Drug Use

Two new studies highlight the futility of brief interventions in reducing illicit drug use or prescription drug misuse, known collectively as “problem drug use.”

In the first study, which included more than 800 patients, those who underwent a single brief intervention using motivational interviewing (MOTIV) showed no significant decrease in drug use, arrests, or behavior at 3- or 12-month time points compared with their counterparts who received enhanced usual care.

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