Brief Counseling for Marijuana Dependence

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A Manual for Treating Adults


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Numerous people contributed to this document, which is part of the Marijuana Treatment Project (MTP) Cooperative Agreement. The document was written by Karen L. Steinberg, Ph.D., Roger A. Roffman, D.S.W., Kathleen M. Carroll, Ph.D., Bonnie McRee, M.PH., Thomas F Babor, Ph.D., M.PH., Michael Miller, Ph.D., Ronald Kadden, Ph.D., David Duresky, M.A., and Robert Stephens, Ph.D. The MTP Research Group provided valuable guidance and support on this document. See appendix B for a full list of contributors.

This publication was developed with support from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to the University of Connecticut School of Medicine through Grant No. TI1 1323. This study was funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), CSAT, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The research was conducted in Farmington, Connecticut (UR4 TI1 1273 and UR4 TI1 1310), Miami, Florida (UR4 TI1 1274), and Seattle, Washington (UR4 TI1 1270), in cooperation with the following institutions: University of Connecticut Health Center, The Village South, Inc., University of Washington, and Evergreen Treatment Services. The publication was produced by Johnson, Bassin & Shaw, Inc. (JBS), under the Knowledge Application Program (KAP) contract numbers 270-99-7072 and 270-04-7049 with SAMHSA, DHHS. Christina Currier served as the CSAT Government Project Officer. Andrea Kopstein, Ph.D., M.PH., served as the Deputy Government Project Officer. Jean Donaldson, M.A., served as Government Project Officer for the MTP Cooperative Agreement. Lynne McArthur, M.A., A.M.L.S, served as JBS KAP Executive Project Director; Barbara Fink, R.N., M.PH., served as JBS KAP Managing Director; and Emily Schifrin, M.S., and Dennis Burke, M.S., M.A., served as JBS KAP Deputy Directors for Product Development. Other JBS KAP personnel included Candace Baker, M.S.W., Senior Writer; Elliott Vanskike, Ph.D., Senior Writer; Wendy Caron, Editorial Quality Assurance Manager; Frances Nebesky, M.A., Quality Control Editor; and Pamela Frazier, Document Production Specialist.


The opinions expressed herein are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of CSAT, SAMHSA, or DHHS. No official support of or endorsement by CSAT, SAMHSA, or DHHS for these opinions or for particular instruments, software, or resources described in this document is intended or should be inferred. The guidelines in this document should not be considered substitutes for individualized client care and treatment decisions.

Public Domain Notice

All materials appearing in this volume except those taken directly from copyrighted sources are in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission from SAMHSA/CSAT or the authors. Do not reproduce or distribute this publication for a fee without specific, written authorization from SAMHSA's Office of Communications.

Electronic Access and Copies of Publication

Copies may be obtained free of charge from SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI), 800-729-6686 or 301-468-2600; TDD (for hearing impaired) 800-487-4889; or electronically through the following Web site:

Recommended Citation

Steinberg, K.L.; Roffman, R.A.; Carroll, K.M.; McRee, B.; Babor, T.F; Miller, M.; Kadden, R.; Duresky, D.; and Stephens, R. Brief Counseling for Marijuana Dependence: A Manual for Treating Adults. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 05-4022. Rockville, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2005.

Originating Office

Practice Improvement Branch, Division of Services Improvement, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857.

DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 05-4022 Printed 2005

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