Psychosocial interventions to reduce alcohol use among people who use illicit drugs — evidence summary

Summary of the evidence

Rating:
Unknown effectiveness

A systematic review (Klimas et al, 2018, 7 trials, n= 825, low to very-low quality evidence) comparing different types of psychosocial interventions did not find clear superiority results in:

  •  reducing alcohol use among people who use illicit drugs (mostly opioids and stimulants).

Compared psychosocial interventions included among others 12-steps programmes, educational interventions only, motivational interviewing, and treatment as usual.

Details

Note: this evidence summary is only valid for the outcomes, target groups, settings and substances/patterns of use described below.

Name of response option:
Psychosocial intervention
Desired outcome(s):
reduce substance use
Area(s)
Treatment
Specific substance or pattern of use:
alcohol

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