Randomized controlled trial of a novel cannabis use intervention delivered by telephone
Article first published online: 10 AUG 2012
© 2012 The Authors, Addiction © 2012 Society for the Study of Addiction
Volume 107, Issue 12, pages 2149–2158, December 2012
How to Cite
Gates, P. J., Norberg, M. M., Copeland, J. and Digiusto, E. (2012), Randomized controlled trial of a novel cannabis use intervention delivered by telephone. Addiction, 107: 2149–2158. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.03953.x
- Issue published online: 20 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 10 AUG 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 28 MAY 2012 01:54AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 13 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 4 NOV 2011
- Brief treatment;
- CBT ;
To evaluate the efficacy of a telephone-based intervention consisting of four sessions of motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) designed to assist individuals to reduce their cannabis use and related problems.
Random allocation to intervention or delayed treatment control with 4- and 12-week follow-up assessments.
Counsellors from the Cannabis Information and Helpline (CIH), an Australian reactive telephone service, delivered the intervention to callers seeking treatment.
A total of 160 participants were recruited by the CIH, with 110 participants completing the final follow-up assessment (69% retention).
Cannabis use, dependence and related problems and other substance use were assessed at baseline and follow-up.
Intervention participants reported greater reductions in dependence symptoms [P < 0.001, d = 0.9 (0.5–1.3)] and related problems [P < 0.001, d = 0.5 (0.1–0.9)] compared with control participants at both follow-up assessments. Compared with control, intervention participants reported greater confidence to reduce cannabis use at 4 weeks [P = 0.002, d = 0.5 (0.1–0.9)], and in turn reported a greater percentage of abstinent days at 12 weeks [P = 0.019, d = 0.6 (0.2–1.0)].
A brief course of motivational interviewing plus cognitive behavioural therapy delivered by telephone can help to reduce cannabis dependence and promote abstinence in the short term.