Back on Track (BOT) is Ontario’s remedial measures programme for convicted drinking drivers. Based on a pre-workshop assessment, individuals are assigned to complete either an 8-h Education workshop or a 16-h Treatment workshop. Six months later, participants are required to complete a 30-min follow-up interview by telephone. This report presents an outcome evaluation of the BOT programme, examining levels of substance use and related problems assessed during the follow-up interview. This evaluation is based on data from 9202 participants who completed the programme between October 1, 2008 and June 1, 2010. Results indicate that completion of BOT is associated with significant reductions in frequency of alcohol and other drug use, negative consequences as a result of drug use, number of drinks consumed per drinking occasion, and total number of substance users (alcohol and otherwise). There were also significantly more participants who changed substance-using status from ‘users’ at assessment to ‘non-user’ at follow-up than those from non-user at assessment to user at follow-up. These beneficial changes were seen in both the Education and Treatment workshop groups. Recommendations are presented to guide future efforts to improve the effectiveness of BOT and similar programmes in reducing alcohol- and drug-related problems, including impaired driving.
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 28, 2017
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