Reduce Your Use is a self-guided web-based treatment for cannabis use and related problems based on the principles of CBT and MI.
The program consists of six modules that include tailored motivational feedback based on use behavior, attitudes toward cannabis, and consequences of use. Interactive features facilitate goal setting and skill building to manage urges and withdrawal, challenge use expectancies, and promote relapse prevention and lifestyle changes.
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Dependence and abuse symptoms
Young Adults (18-30)
Summary: Self-report of days of cannabis use and past-month quantity of cannabis use were assessed using the Timeline Follow-Back method (TLFB). Participants assigned to the experimental condition at the 6-week and 3-month follow-up reported significantly lower use frequency than controls. Those in the experimental condition also reported significantly lower quantities of use than those in the control group at the 6-week post-assessment point, however this effect was attenuated at the 3-month follow-up to non-significance. Group differences were not apparent after 6 weeks on either measure of cannabis dependence; however, significant differences did emerge for both measures at the 3-month follow-up, providing support for a slight delay in effects on cannabis dependence.
Take Away: Self-guided treatments can be valuable as an adjunct to in-person therapy and can assist individuals to reduce their cannabis use.