The increased use of psychostimulants in Australia is a major concern. People using psychostimulants often do not access traditional treatment services, as their need is often greatest outside of regular office hours.
Dr Rebecca McKetin (Australian National University)
Dr Robert Tait (Australian National University)
To develop an internet-based brief early intervention for psychostimulant use. The intervention will:
- Target light-moderate psychostimulant use (methamphetamine and ecstasy);
- Focus particularly on young adults (but not to the exclusion of older adults);
- Address risk factors for drug problems and provide more in-depth information and support/referral for individuals at risk; and
- Address the potential synergistic relationship between drug use problems and mental health disorders.
A small scale evaluation of the website will take place in late 2011 to determine the effectiveness of the program in addressing the needs of light-moderate psychostimulant users.
This project has now finished recruiting, and data analysis is underway.
Tait, R.J., McKetin, R., Kay-Lambkin, F.J., Carron-Arthur, B., Bennett, A., Bennett, K., Christensen, H. & Griffiths, K.M. (in press, accepted 7 August 2014). Breakingtheice: 3-month outcomes of a randomised controlled trial of a web-based intervention for users of amphetamine-type stimulants. Journal of Medical Internet Research (Mental Health), doi:10.2196/mental.3278.
Tait, R.J., McKetin, R., Kay-Lambkin, F., Bennett, K., Tam, A., Bennett, A., Geddes, J., Garrick, A., Christensen, H., Griffiths, K.M. (2012). Breakingtheice: A protocol for a randomised controlled trial of an internet-based intervention addressing amphetamine-type stimulant use. BMC Psychiatry, 12(67): DOI: 10.1186/1471-244X-12-67 (Access via 'Publications' section below).
Providing online, 24-hour access to effective treatment and advice for reducing and managing psychostimulant use.