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For the first time in a prison setting a randomised trial rigorously compared intensive residential therapeutic community treatment to outpatient counselling. 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 – if anything, the reverse.
Early US study uncovered for the Alcohol Treatment Matrix found a Rogerian client-centred therapy characterised by non-directive, empathic listening beneficially changed self-perceptions of alcohol-dependent patients and reduced relapse compared to approaches based on learning theory or psychoanalysis.
HOT TOPIC 2015 HTM file
Residential rehabilitation: the high road to recovery?
One of our selection of hot topics on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate assesses the evidence for residential rehabilitation being particularly suited to today’s abstinence-based recovery ambitions, and whether nevertheless these services are under threat.
DOCUMENT 2012 HTM file
Quality standard for drug use disorders
Official UK quality standards on the treatment of adults for problems related to the use of illegal drugs, intended be used to plan and deliver services to provide the best possible care.
HOT TOPIC 2016 HTM file
Is it futile to match alcohol treatments to the patient?
One of our selection of Hot Topics – important issues which sometimes generate heated debate over the facts or their interpretation. Click to read introductory text and trigger a customised search for relevant documents.
MATRIX CELL 2014 HTM file
Drug Matrix cell E4 Treatment systems: Psychosocial therapies
The most important studies relating to local, regional and national systems for effectively and cost-effectively providing psychosocial therapies. One of 25 cells in the drug matrix. Also highlights the most useful reviews and practice guidelines and offers a customised one-click search for more on the Effectiveness Bank database.
In this massive enterprise, analysts dissected 232 treatment-comparison studies to test the validity of the US government’s principles of effective treatment for problems related to illegal drug use. Principles relating to individualising treatment were consistently supported by the North American evidence.
Researchers have long suspected that pre-existing or drug/alcohol-induced cognitive deficits prevent patients making the most of treatments which rely on complex verbal communications and understandings. For the first time this US study has shown that psychological exercises to remedy these deficits do improve outcomes by helping patients get to grips with treatment.
STUDY 1981 HTM file
Interpersonal functioning of alcoholism counselors and treatment outcome
Seminal US study which found that the therapy-related social skills of alcohol counsellors were strongly related to how many of their patients relapsed in the two years after leaving inpatient treatment.
The title speaks of long-term effects but in fact there were none from sending young US substance users to a youth therapeutic community specialising in substance use problems compared to non-specialist group homes; early gains had all eroded, an instance of the general difficulty of sustaining youth treatment outcomes.