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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.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 164Kb
UK trial bolsters case for well-supervised alcohol therapy

This major British trial found that an alcohol dependence therapy designed to improve on short motivational approaches led to no greater benefits for patients or cost-savings for society. Instead the study has been used to argue that alcohol treatment overall saves money.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 170Kb
'Real-world' studies show that medications do suppress heavy drinking

Three trials found that drugs commonly used to treat alcohol dependence improve outcomes for an appreciable minority of patients, even under conditions close to normal practice. Together they offer clues to who benefits most from each medication.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 160Kb
Structured nursing advice helps alcohol home detox patients keep staying sober

Restructuring the nursing involved in British home detoxification programmes meant that a year later a third more patients were no longer drinking heavily, creating a highly cost-effective intervention.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 166Kb
Dual diagnosis add-on to mental health services improves outcomes

A unique British study has found that treatment-resistant schizophrenic patients benefit from additional integrated substance use/mental health therapy, which may also save costs by reducing the need for inpatient care.

REVIEW 2004 PDF file 967Kb
Take the network into treatment

Distinguished US authors summarise the evidence for a new direction in the treatment of substance abuse problems - harnessing friends, lovers, sons, daughters and workmates to reconstruct the incentives in a client's life.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 129Kb
Working with couples helps client and family

The latest in what experts have called an "impressive" series of studies systematically involving a patient's partner in their treatment for substance dependence found that the benefits extended to naltrexone treatment of opiate dependence.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 189Kb
Rapid opiate detoxification feasible at home

Spanish study suggests that given suitable patients and a suitable home environment, rapid detoxification from opiates can be done at home without on-site professional supervision.

STUDY 2002 PDF file 209Kb
Holistic family therapy preferable to less comprehensive therapy for troubled teens

Family therapy orchestrating multiple dimensions of a child's life was more effective than group child or family approaches for US teen drug users. Extended text highlights main advantage – effects persist while relapse is the norm after other therapies.

REVIEW 2002 PDF file 160Kb
Community reinforcement approach to treatment comes of age

Signifying the therapy's new prominence, research on the community reinforcement approach has been gathered together in a prestigious book series. There also two readily available manuals, one covering alcohol treatment, the other cocaine.


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