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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.

STUDY 2014 HTM file
For whom does prison-based drug treatment work? Results from a randomized experiment

For the first time in a prison setting a randomised trial rigorously compared intensive residential therapeutic community treatment to outpatient counselling. Confounding expectations, the US prison for problem drug users which hosted the study gained nothing in terms of preventing recidivism by allocating even high-risk prisoners to the more intensive treatment.

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.

STUDY 1966 HTM file
Treatment of skid-row alcoholics with disulfiram

In the early ’60s in Atlanta in the USA, a pioneering trial tested whether faced with the alternative of another spell in jail, ‘skid-row’ repeat drunkenness offenders would take a drug which generates deterrent reactions to alcohol. Most did, belying their supposedly hopeless condition.

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.

HOT TOPIC 2017 HTM file
Controlling alcohol-related crime and disorder

One of our selection of hot topics on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Within substance use policy there can hardly be a hotter issue than alcohol-related violence and disorder. For governments mindful of a drinking electorate, the conundrum is how to curb the fallout from alcohol without being branded as a nanny-state killjoy.

HOT TOPIC 2016 HTM file
Can testing and sanctions displace addiction treatment?

One of our selection of hot topics – important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Here the somewhat heretical proposition is that for problem substance users over whom leverage can be exerted, we can largely do away with treatment and just test for substance use and punish infringements.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety program evaluation findings report

Drink-driving offenders on South Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety project test alcohol-free at over 99% of the twice-daily breath tests intended to enforce abstinence via the threat of immediate brief imprisonment, and subsequent recidivism is lower than among other drink-driving offenders in the state.

STUDY 2016 HTM file
Alcohol abstinence monitoring requirement: A process review of the proof of concept pilot

London pilot of enforced sobriety offers useful insights to inform expansion of the Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement scheme.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Monitoring and evaluation of family intervention services and projects between February 2007 and March 2011

Family interventions were at the heart of the UK government’s ambition to ‘turn round’ the lives of 120,000 troubled families in England. In respect of drink and drug problems, substantial remission was seen, but the featured study could not show whether this was due to the interventions, and a report on a successor programme found no significant impacts.


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