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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 172-183

Brief Interventions in Substance Abuse

1 Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Govt. Medical College & Hospital, Sector-32, Chandigarh- 160 047, India
2 Additional Professor, Drug De-addiction and Treatment Centre, Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh-160012, India

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Suresh Kumar
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Govt. Medical College & Hospital, Sector-32, Chandigarh- 160 047
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Brief interventions in substance abuse refer to a group of cost-effective and time efficient strategies that aim at reduction of substance use and/or harm related to substance use. They are grounded in the scientific principles of harm reduction stage of change, motivational interviewing and feasibility of community-level delivery. This review discusses the characteristics, elements, and techniques of brief interventions for abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The available evidence for effectiveness of these strategies vis-a-vis no treatment or extended treatment is also reviewed, which clearly supports these interventions to be effective, especially for alcohol abuse but also for others It is argued that India presents a fertile ground for application of these strategies and that Indian research in this area should be a top priority.



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