Interview as intervention: The case of young adult multidrug users in the club scene

Steven P. Kurtz, Hilary L. Surratt, Mance E. Buttram, Maria A. Levi-Minzi, Minxing Chen

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This paper reports on changes in substance use and substance dependence symptoms-without intervention-among young adult multidrug users in the club scene, ages 18-29, (N= 444) who participated in a natural history study. Computer-assisted personal interviews at baseline and 6-, 12-, and 18-month follow-ups included well-tested measures of substance use and dependence. Changes in substance dependence symptoms and drug use frequencies were calculated using Cohen's d statistic. Mean age was 22; 40% were female; 58% were Hispanic, 17% White, and 21% Black. At 18-month follow-up assessment, participants reported significantly fewer days of cocaine (d= - .85 at 18. months), ecstasy (d= - .93), benzodiazepine (d= - .82), and prescription opioid (d= - .81) use, as well as reduced substance dependence symptoms (d= - .42). These results, together with data from focus groups with completers, suggest that comprehensive health and social risk assessments may have quite strong intervention effects among young adult multidrug users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-308
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by grant number R01DA019048 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse . The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health or the National Institute on Drug Abuse. We wish to gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Dr. James A. Inciardi, who served as PI of the study until 2009.


  • Club drugs
  • Intervention
  • Reactive effects
  • Substance use
  • Young adult

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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