Alcohol Use Problems: Brief Interventions and Motivational Interviewing
Goal:

Learners will be able to provide brief office interventions for patient alcohol use problems. Learners will be able to use motivational interviewing to help patients with alcohol use problems move closer to making healthy behavior changes or accept treatment.

: 1 hr

After completing this activity participants will be able to:

  • Assess willingness to change in patients having alcohol use problems.

  • Perform a brief intervention for patients who misuse alcohol.

  • Manage patients who have relapsed, encouraging those patients to attempt treatment again.

  • Use motivational interviewing skills to build rapport with patients having alcohol use problems.

  • Use motivational interviewing skills to deal with patient resistance when an alcohol use behavior change is needed.

  • Motivate patients to make changes in alcohol use behavior or accept treatment when it is indicated.


Professional Practice GapsAt-risk drinkers can be effectively treated solely in primary care by using brief interventions (SAMHSA, 2014). Motivational interviewing skills can be used as a part of brief interventions for alcohol use problems. References
SAMHSA. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). SAMHSA. 2014. Available at: http://www.samhsa.gov/sbirt Accessed on: 2015-03-20.