Development and implementation of a structured intervention for alcohol use disorders for telephone helpline services

BEST, David, HALL, Kate, GUTHRIE, Anna, ABBATANGELO, Moses, HUNTER, Barbara and LUBMAN, Dan (2015). Development and implementation of a structured intervention for alcohol use disorders for telephone helpline services. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 33 (1), 118-131.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07347324.2015.986424
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Abstract

A six-session intervention for harmful alcohol use was piloted via a 24-hour alcohol and other drug (AOD) helpline, assessing feasibility of telephone-delivered treatment. The intervention, involving practice elements from Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and node-link mapping, was evaluated using a case file audit (n D 30) and a structured telephone interview one month after the last session (n D 22). Average scores on the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT) dropped by more than 50%, and there were significant reductions in psychological distress. Results suggest that, even among dependent drinkers, a telephone intervention offers effective and efficient treatment for those unable or unwilling to access face-to-face treatment.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Law and Criminology Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1080/07347324.2015.986424
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2015 09:18
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 23:38
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9362

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