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This article is part of the supplement: International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs (INEBRIA) Meeting 2011

Open Access Meeting abstract

Self-reported drug use six months after a brief intervention: do changes in reported use vary by mental health status?

Antionette Krupski1*, Jeanne Sears1, Jutta Joesch1, Sharon Estee1, Lijian He2, Alice Huber3, Chris Dunn1, Peter Roy-Byrne1 and Richard Ries1

  • * Corresponding author: Antionette Krupski

Author Affiliations

1 Center for Healthcare Improvement for Addictions, Mental Illness, and Medically Vulnerable Populations (CHAMMP), Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA

2 Research and Data Analysis Division, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Olympia, WA, USA

3 Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Health and Recovery Services Administration, Olympia, WA, USA

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Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2012, 7(Suppl 1):A6  doi:10.1186/1940-0640-7-S1-A6


The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: http://www.ascpjournal.org/content/7/S1/A6


Published:9 October 2012

© 2012 Krupski et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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Meeting abstract

Although brief intervention (BI) for alcohol and other drug problems has been associated with decreased levels of self-reported substance use, there is little information in the literature as to whether individuals with co-occurring hazardous substance use and mental illness would benefit from BI to the same extent as those without mental illness, despite high estimates comorbidity. This study took advantage of a naturalistic situation where a screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) program had been implemented in a large hospital emergency department in Seattle, WA. A subset of patients who received BI was interviewed six months following the intervention about current alcohol/drug use. A search of the patients’ medical records allowed us to divide the sample into those with and without evidence of mental illness and to analyze their self-reported drug use. Although unadjusted means indicated a possible decrease in illegal drug use between baseline and follow-up interviews for both groups, there was no significant difference between mentally ill and non-mentally ill subgroups with regard to self-reported changes in substance use. Changes in self-reported alcohol and binge drinking days showed a similar pattern. Although the lack of a comparison group prevented us from attributing change in reported use to BI alone, these data suggest the impact of BI on subsequent drug and alcohol use may not differ among patients with mental-health diagnoses.