Comparison of Extended Versus Brief Treatments for Marijuana Use

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Lisa Curtin Ph.D., Professor and Clinical M.A Program Director (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Adult marijuana users (N = 291) seeking treatment were randomly assigned to an extended 14-session Cognitive–behavioral group treatment (relapse prevention support group; RPSG), a brief 2-session individual treatment using motivational interviewing (individualized assessment and intervention; IAI), or a 4-month delayed treatment control (DTC) condition. Results indicated that marijuana use, dependence symptoms, and negative consequences were reduced significantly in relation to pretreatment levels at l-, 4-, 7-, 13-, and 16-month follow-ups. Participants in the RPSG and IAI treatments showed significantly and substantially greater improvement than DTC participants at the 4-month follow-up. There were no significant differences between RPSG and IAI outcomes at any follow-up. The relative efficacy of brief versus extended interventions for chronic marijuana-using adults is discussed.

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Stephens, R.S., Roffman, R.A., & Curtin, L. (2000). Comparison of extended versus brief treatments for marijuana use. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68, 898-908. American Psychological Association (ISSN: 0022-006X) Submitted: June 8, 1999 Revised: February 7, 2000 Accepted: February 11, 2000 DOI: 10.1037/0022-006X.68.5.898 'This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
Language: English
Date: 2000
Cognitive Therapy, Individual Psychotherapy , Marijuana Usage, Motivational Interviewing, Treatment Duration, Brief Psychotherapy

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