The Inroads program
The Inroads online program uses two types of therapy called Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. These types of therapy have been shown in many research studies to be effective at reducing symptoms of anxiety and in helping people to better control their alcohol use. These therapies are recommended in Australian clinical practice guidelines for anxiety and alcohol management.
- Review of CBT for anxiety
- Review of CBT for managing alcohol use
- Review of Motivational Interviewing for managing alcohol use
Motivational Interviewing is very focused and goal-directed which facilitates and engages intrinsic motivation to change behaviour, while Cognitive Behaviour Therapy encourages you to examine the various situations you are involved in every day, and looks at your reactions to those situations (for example, your thoughts, worries, assumptions etc.) which may affect how you feel about that situation and how you behave. Motivational Interviewing aims to help you explore your short- and long-term goals and the things that may be stopping you from getting to where you want to go and assists you on how to get there. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy aims to help you think, feel and behave differently in situations causing you worry and stress using a range of different skills and strategies, so that things can improve for you.
The Inroads program is based on techniques from successful tried and tested interventions which has been used in several research studies conducted in Australia, and has been shown to help people better manage anxiety symptoms, mood, reduce alcohol use and improve quality of life.
The Alcohol Feedback program
Alcohol feedback programs, such as the one used in this trial, aim to promote self-awareness and informed decision-making regarding alcohol use. They provide accurate, relevant, and ‘personalised feedback’ on participants’ current drinking habits and what potential risks may be associated with their level of consumption. The programs also utilise ‘normative feedback’ to help individuals compare their alcohol consumption habits to recommended guidelines and national averages. This type of feedback can be informative and motivational, encouraging people to reflect on their drinking behaviours and make healthier choices. Alcohol feedback programs can be particularly useful for individuals who are considering making changes to their alcohol use, or those who want to assess the potential impact of their drinking on their health and well-being.