CHOICES: A Program for Women About Choosing Healthy Behaviors

December 20th, 2013

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP):

CHOICES: A Program for Women About Choosing Healthy Behaviors is a brief intervention designed to help women lower their risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancy (AEP) by reducing risky drinking, using effective contraception, or both. The primary audience for CHOICES is nonpregnant women of childbearing age who are at risk for AEP because they are sexually active with a male partner, do not use contraception consistently or effectively, and drink at levels known to carry an increased risk for reproductive and fetal outcomes.

CHOICES is based on motivational interviewing (a directive but client-centered counseling style intended to reduce resistance to change) and the Transtheoretical Model of Change (an incremental, stage-based approach to conceptualizing behavioral change). The intervention consists of four 45-minute motivational interviewing sessions with a counselor/interventionist and one contraception counseling visit with a health care provider over a 12- to 14-week period.

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A Project of the Governor's Institute on Alcohol & Substance Abuse and the North Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine.
Funded wholly or in part by the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Fund (CFDA #93.959) as a project of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services.