Drug misuse in over 16s: opioid detoxification

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


Key priorities for implementation: psychosocial interventions

Brief interventions

  • Opportunistic brief interventions focused on motivation should be offered to people in limited contact with drug services (for example, those attending a needle and syringe exchange or primary care settings) if concerns about drug misuse are identified by the service user or staff member. These interventions should:
    • normally consist of two sessions each lasting 10–45 minutes
    • explore ambivalence about drug use and possible treatment, with the aim of increasing motivation to change behaviour, and provide non-judgemental feedback

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