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"Quit the Shit"- cannabis withdrawal programme based on the www.drugcom.de youth Internet portal

Quality level: 3

Summary

"quit the shit" is an online withdrawal programme for juvenile cannabis consumers who intend to reduce or quit their cannabis consumption. Core element is an interactive diary, where users document their cannabis consumption behaviour on a regular basis - ideally every day - during a period of 50 days. The counselling team supports each participant in achieving the personal goal by providing regular and individual feedback at least once a week.

Type of intervention:
prevention
Sub-area:
indicated
Setting:
Type of approach:
Target group:
adults, children/young people
Age group:
15-17
Annual coverage:
600
Substances addressed:
cannabis
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, process evaluation
Country:
Germany
Start date:
13/08/2004
End date:

Overall objective

Many adolescents use cannabis only occasionally, yet, there is a number of young persons using the drug regularly and permanently, sometimes even several times a day. One part of these consumers has already tried to reduce cannabis consumption, however, in vain. Accordingly, a growing number of young persons seeks advice and help as a result of harmful cannabis consumption. The offers provided by "www.drugcom.de" are meant to enable adolescents and young adults to self-critically reflect on their drug consumption and to promote addiction-preventive actions, both in their daily routine and during their leisure time by means of anonymous information and counselling options. "Quit the Shit", a low-threshold online withdrawal offer, is especially oriented towards consumers who can hardly be addressed using the conventional addiction prevention schemes. The programme is not time-consuming and does not require much organisation as no telephone calls or appointments need to be made and participants do not have to go to a facility.

Abstract

In August 2004, the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) launched the pilot phase of the "Quit the Shit" online withdrawal programme for juvenile cannabis consumers. The "Quit the Shit" module at www.drugcom.de is an online information and counselling programme especially designed for juvenile cannabis consumers who intend to reduce or end their cannabis consumption. The core element of "Quit the Shit" is an interactive diary, where adolescents document their cannabis consumption behaviour on a regular basis - ideally every day - during a period of 50 days. They send their report to the drugcom team electronically via the Internet. The drugcom counsellors provide the participants with a feedback once a week, including individual information and encouragement in order to foster the specific change process of each user. The counselling team at www.drugcom.de supports each participant in achieving the personal goal by providing regular and individual feedback and tips online and via e-mail. Participation is anonymous and free of charge.

The PDF contains the full intervention description including additional contact information.

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