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STUDY 1988 HTM file
Is the counselor an “active ingredient” in substance abuse rehabilitation? An examination of treatment success among four counselors

The unexpected resignations of two counsellors at a US methadone clinic in early 1985 triggered a unique study of the influence of counsellors on their patients’ recovery. Its insight remains relevant today, and the study has been added to the Effectiveness Bank as a piece of ‘old gold’.

STUDY 2015 HTM file
High-dose baclofen for the treatment of alcohol dependence (BACLAD study): A randomized, placebo-controlled trial

From Germany the first trial to rigorously test high doses of the muscle-relaxant baclofen for the treatment of dependent drinking found post-detoxification drinking reductions of a magnitude rarely seen. Other trials have been less positive, and serious safety concerns may limit the drug’s use.

MATRIX CELL 2018 HTM file
Drug Treatment Matrix cell E3: Treatment systems; Medical treatment

Seminal and key studies relating to local, regional and national systems for effectively and cost-effectively providing medical interventions and treatment in medical settings. Highlights a simple innovation which transformed detoxification recyclers into typical patients, asks if you agree with an expert group’s vision of what a good quality service looks like, and questions whether Britain is making progress on organising care for mentally ill problem drug users.

MATRIX CELL 2018 HTM file
Drug Treatment Matrix cell D3: Organisational functioning; Medical treatment

Seminal and key studies on how treatment organisations affect the implementation and effectiveness of medical interventions and treatment in medical settings. Focus is on UK and US understandings of what counts as a ‘recovery-oriented’ service and on US, Australian and Canadian studies which discovered and validated elements of these visions even before they were articulated.

MATRIX CELL 2018 HTM file
Drug Treatment Matrix cell C3: Management/supervision; Medical treatment

Seminal and key studies on the role of management and supervision in medical interventions and treatment in medical settings. Commentary considers how medication-based treatment can be (re)oriented to long-term recovery, the importance of the right dose, and whether we can we dispense with all but minimal counselling and therapy and supervised consumption of medications like methadone.

MATRIX CELL 2018 HTM file
Drug Treatment Matrix cell A3: Interventions; Medical treatment

Key studies on the effectiveness of medical interventions and treatment in medical settings.

STUDY 2014 HTM file
Treatment retention, drug use and social functioning outcomes in those receiving 3 months versus 1 month of supervised opioid maintenance treatment. Results from the Super C randomized controlled trial

A randomised trial conducted in England found that the (at the time) recommended three months of supervised consumption of prescribed opioid substitutes like methadone conferred no significant advantages over supervising only for up to the first four weeks of treatment, but the findings applied only to the minority of patients for whom random allocation was thought feasible and safe.

STUDY 2017 HTM file
The evaluation of the Drug Recovery Wing pilots: Final report

The final piece of the Drug Recovery Wing evaluation jigsaw, focusing on the process and impact of implementing the model in eight men’s and two women’s prisons in England and Wales.

MATRIX CELL 2016 HTM file
Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell C2: Management/supervision; Generic and cross-cutting issues

The most important seminal and key studies on the role of management and supervision across therapy and medical treatment for drinking problems, one of 25 cells in the Alcohol Treatment Matrix.

STUDY 2017 HTM file
Impact of financial incentives on alcohol consumption recording in primary health care among adults with schizophrenia and other psychoses: a cross-sectional and retrospective cohort study

UK study of how Quality and Outcomes Framework incentives for primary care boosted alcohol screening among patients with severe mental illness shows what could have happened had the incentives been extended across the entire primary care caseload.


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