Research supports Ready 2 Change

Posted on: Wednesday, 21 October 2015

New research into distance-based interventions for alcohol and drug problems has found Turning Point’s Ready 2 Change (R2C) program provides effective support for people concerned about their alcohol, cannabis or amphetamine use.

The research into distance-based interventions will be among a number of presentations at this year’s Turning Point Symposium and Oration, to be held on Thursday October 22 at the Melbourne Museum.

R2C is a structured 2-6 session, out-bound telephone-delivered intervention that provides support and motivates long-lasting change to people with alcohol, drug or gambling issues.

The R2C program is underpinned by a range of evidence-based principles, including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and node-link mapping. Due to the modular approach of the program, it can be tailored to individual needs of the caller.

Workbooks containing units on motivation, strengths, harm reduction and relapse prevention are mailed to the caller to support the telephone-delivered sessions, therefore providing an ongoing self-help resource.

R2C participants are able to schedule sessions with the same counsellor, allowing a rapport to develop between the two. Turning Point researcher Erin Bailey said participants in the project were assessed during their first counselling session, immediately after completing the program, and three months after their first session of R2C.

Research results suggest that participation in the R2C program is associated with:

  • A significant reduction in alcohol use
  • A reduction in drug use
  • A significant reduction in levels of psychological distress
  • High levels of participation and satisfaction with the program, and a good rapport with the counsellor delivering the program, equitable to norms for treatment services delivered face-to-face.

“In 2010, it was reported that less than one in five Australians with Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) issues sought treatment,” Erin said

“The R2C program helps to fill the gap for individuals who cannot, or prefer not to access face-to-face services because of time constraints, stigma, geographical location, and other barriers.”

 Erin said out-bound telephone-delivered intervention is an emerging area of practice within the AOD sector, due to their potential to overcome barriers and support individuals who might not otherwise seek help for their AOD issues.

The current version of R2C, developed by clinicians and researchers at both Turning Point and Deakin University, was launched in 2014 by Turning Point’s Telephone and Online Structured Intervention Team, and has since received over 500 referrals.

The Turning Point Oration and Symposium are an opportunity for colleagues in the AOD sector to discuss contemporary treatment, research and education matters, whilst gaining valuable insight into current addiction issues.


It will also showcase current Turning Point research and innovations in treatment, training and policy.


The theme for this year’s Symposium is Effectively responding to diverse and complex populations.


The Oration will feature Associate Professor Peter Miller, who will address the topic ‘Alcohol, violence, policy and politics: can we make progress?

For more information on the event, click here.