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Alcohol and families

Constructed for Alcohol Awareness Week 2017 on the theme of ‘Alcohol and Families’, this collection embraces two major roles for the families of problem drinkers – as recipients of support and therapy to promote their own welfare, and as therapeutic agents engaged in promoting the drinker’s welfare through family therapy or less formal involvement in treatment. The list starts with the analyses most recently added or updated.

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COLLECTION 2017 HTM file
Couples therapies

One of only two types of therapies recommended for alcohol and/or drugs users by NICE, the UK’s official health intervention advisers. The most well known of these in the substance use sector focuses on a daily ritual in which the couple reaffirm and reinforce the user’s intention to that day stay drug-free/sober, together with techniques for promoting positive activities and improving communication.

DOCUMENT 2007 HTM file
Drug misuse in over 16s: psychosocial interventions

After examining the evidence for psychosocial therapies for problem drug use, the UK’s official health advisers recommend behavioural couples therapy and contingency management, argue against cognitive-behavioural therapies, and pose residential rehabilitation as a last resort – in some respects surprising and controversial recommendations.

REVIEW 2011 HTM file
Alcohol-use disorders: diagnosis, assessment and management of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence

This impressive assessment of what evaluation research means for alcohol dependence treatment in Britain is distinguished by reviews of the latest literature on the sub-topics it covers; in some cases these starkly reveal the inadequacies of the evidence base.

REVIEW 2010 HTM file
Research Review: The effectiveness of multidimensional family therapy in treating adolescents with multiple behavior problems – a meta-analysis

Review finds multidimensional family therapy more effective than group therapies and other psychosocial therapies, particularly among adolescents with severe substance use and other behavioural problems.

MATRIX CELL 2017 HTM file
Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell B5: Practitioners; Safeguarding the community

Seminal and key studies on the impact of the practitioner in criminal justice work and safeguarding the community. Explores whether exceptional abilities are needed to forge productive therapeutic relationships in these situations.

MATRIX CELL 2017 HTM file
Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell A5: Interventions; Safeguarding the community

Seminal and key studies on the impact of alcohol treatment on the community including the safety and welfare of families and effects on crime and antisocial behaviour.

MATRIX CELL 2017 HTM file
Alcohol Matrix cell E4: Treatment systems; Psychosocial therapies

One of 25 cells in the Alcohol Treatment Matrix. Seminal and key studies on local, regional and national systems for effectively and cost-effectively providing psychosocial therapies and the role of those therapies within the same systems.

REVIEW 2013 HTM file
The comparative effectiveness of outpatient treatment for adolescent substance abuse: A meta-analysis

Multi-prong therapies centred on the family emerge as probably the most effective in this comprehensive and careful synthesis of the results of trials of non-residential programmes for substance using teenagers – but do the outcomes warrant the extra costs?

MATRIX CELL 2017 HTM file
Alcohol Matrix cell B4: Practitioners; Psychosocial therapies

The talker in the talking route to recovery: seminal and key studies on the impact of the practitioner in psychosocial therapies for alcohol dependence.

STUDY 2016 HTM file
After FDAC: outcomes 5 years later (final report)

Five-year follow-up of London families finds better outcomes among those in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court than ordinary care proceedings.


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