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The Cannabis Use Disorders Identification Test (CUDIT) was used for the first time as part of a randomized controlled trial for brief interventions in mild to moderate alcohol-dependent out-patients. This sample may be seen as a population at increased risk of cannabis use disorder. The CUDIT was developed by modifying the Alcohol Use Disorders(More)
Research indicates that cannabis continues to be a popular illegal drug internationally. Furthermore, adolescent rates of use appear to be significant. Whilst the non-acute effect of cannabis use on adult cognition has been extensively researched, there has been less examination of adolescents. This study aimed to investigate the non-acute relationship(More)
BACKGROUND Cannabis is widely used and significant problems are associated with heavier consumption. When a cannabis misuse screening tool, the CUDIT, was originally published it was noted that although it performed well there was concern about individual items. METHODS 144 patients enrolled in a clinical trial for concurrent depression and substance(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was designed to conduct a randomized controlled trial of motivational enhancement therapy (MET) with two control conditions: nondirective reflective listening (NDRL) and no further counseling (NFC); and to conduct this study in a sample of patients with a primary diagnosis of mild to moderate alcohol dependence, in a "real-life"(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the extent of psychiatric disorder and mental health service utilization in a representative outpatient alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment sample in New Zealand. METHOD A total of 105 patients were randomly recruited from two outpatient AOD treatment services in New Zealand and completed a diagnostic interview within the first 2(More)
OBJECTIVE This paper describes qualitative research that was carried out as part of a project aimed at drawing up a series of guidelines for the assessment and management for people with coexisting substance use and mental health disorders, or dual diagnosis. METHOD A core consultation team of 14 experts with experience in the areas of both substance use(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship between personality measures and alcohol dependence relapse in a treatment sample of men with alcohol dependence. METHOD Alcohol dependent men (N = 87) without a primary diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder, recruited consecutively from a 3-week abstinence-focused therapeutic program, along with(More)
Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and suffer more health problems, including alcohol and drug-related problems, per head of population compared with the Pakeha (non-Maori) population. An initiative to develop dedicated Maori alcohol and drug user treatment programs, which offer "cultural linkage," is currently being undertaken. This initiative(More)
The cost-effectiveness of hepatitis C virus (HCV) anti-viral therapy for injecting drug users (IDUs) on methadone maintenance is important because the majority have chronic infections that remain untreated. Cost-effectiveness analysis examines the costs of treatment compared with the benefits, which in this study are defined as savings in life. The(More)
There is an increasing emphasis on taking account of the diversity of social, psychological, and cultural factors in the assessment and treatment of alcohol and drug-use-related problems. In New Zealand the increasing use of customary Maori values, beliefs, and practices in the treatment of Maori with alcohol and drug-use-related problems has also been(More)