Pathways to change: the effect of a Web application on treatment interest

Am J Addict. Jul-Aug 2008;17(4):265-70. doi: 10.1080/10550490802138525.


Most individuals with drinking problems do not receive treatment, generally because they do not perceive the need for it. It is difficult to access this population of problem drinkers in order to encourage treatment-seeking. A Web-based program was written, designed to increase motivation for change. The program guided non-treatment-seekers through a multi-stage assessment and provided them with feedback. The level of interest in treatment was measured pre-and post-intervention. Compared to baseline, after the intervention, significantly more individuals rated themselves "very interested" in participating in some form of traditional treatment (19% vs. 28%), and their focus on a specific modality increased.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcoholism / genetics
  • Alcoholism / psychology*
  • Alcoholism / rehabilitation*
  • Feedback, Psychological
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Education*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • Motivation*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology*
  • Psychometrics / statistics & numerical data
  • Software*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*