Motivational interviewing among DUI offenders: Does it work?

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According to findings published online in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, a brief intervention designed to motivate change among repeat offending drunk drivers resulted in the lessening of some risky drinking. More specifically, motivational interviewing led to a 25% reduction in days of risky drinking during a 12 month follow-up. The researchers reflected upon motivational interviewing as “… a therapeutic approach that seeks to enhance intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence and incorporates an empathetic, patient-centered yet directive counseling style.” Unfortunately, however, as was true in this study, many DUI programs have only produced modest gains. However, these types of interventions are well worth pursuing as among the United State’s 40,000 annual motor-vehicle fatalities a third or more are associated with drinking and driving. Click here to read an article from US News and World Report that discusses this study more.

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