The Psychostimulant Check-Up: A pilot study of a brief intervention to reduce illicit stimulant use

Matthew Smout, Marie Longo, Sonia Harrison, Rinaldo Minniti, Sharon Cahill, Wendy Wickes, Jason White

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    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. [Smout MF, Longo M, Harrison S, Minniti R, Cahill S, Wickes W, White JM. The Psychostimulant Check-Up: A pilot study of a brief intervention to reduce illicit stimulant use. Drug Alcohol Rev 2009].

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)169-176
    Number of pages8
    JournalDrug and Alcohol Review
    Volume29
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

    Keywords

    • Brief intervention
    • Check-Up
    • Methamphetamine

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