Drugs: the complete collection
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Drugs: the complete collection

All Effectiveness Bank analyses to date of documents related to use and problem use of illegal drugs starting with the analyses most recently added or updated, totalling today 783 documents.

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STUDY 2019 HTM file
Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of an adjunctive personalised psychosocial intervention in treatment-resistant maintenance opioid agonist therapy: a pragmatic, open-label, randomised controlled trial

Marsden J., Stillwell G., James K. et al.
Lancet Psychiatry: 2019, 6, p. 391–402.
Instead of a set programme, a clinic in London tried offering methadone or buprenorphine patients still using heroin or cocaine a selection from a suite of well-supported psychological interventions tailored to the patient and then systematically re-tailored in the light of how they responded. It worked – but did it work well enough, and would the findings be replicated in more typical circumstances?

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Preventing drug abuse among adolescent girls: outcome data from an internet-based intervention

Schwinn T.M., Schinke S.P., Di Noia J.
Prevention Science: 2010, 11, p. 24–32.
In this US study a substance use prevention programme for adolescent girls accessed over the internet from home had effects comparable to school-based drug education, yet occupied no classroom or teacher time and could inexpensively be replicated across the internet-linked population. Also described are later reports from similar studies.

DOCUMENT 2019 HTM file
Prison Drugs Strategy

HM Prison and Probation Service.
HM Prison and Probation Service, 2019
National agency responsible for prison and probation services in England and Wales announces three-point plan for tackling the presence of drugs and drug use problems, based on the principles of restricting supply, reducing demand, and building recovery.

STUDY 2019 HTM file
Efficacy and safety of a monthly buprenorphine depot injection for opioid use disorder: a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial

Haight B.R., Learned S.M., Laffont C.M. et al.
Lancet: 2019, 393, p. 778–790.
In the new form of extended-release injections with effects lasting a month, the opioid medication buprenorphine was found to suppress illegal opioid use more effectively than a placebo, reinforcing its promise as a possible “game-changer” in opiate addiction treatment.

STUDY 2015 HTM file
The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of diversion and aftercare programmes for offenders using class A drugs: a systematic review and economic evaluation

Hayhurst K.P., Leitner M., Davies L. et al.
Health Technology Assessment: 2015, 19(6).
[Consultation draft subject to amendment and correction.] Although diversionary schemes continue to be a strategic focus for policy in relation to tackling drug-related problems, the evidence base for the effectiveness of these schemes is not (yet) in place.

REVIEW 2018 HTM file
Doing time on a TC: how effective are drug-free therapeutic communities in prison? A review of the literature

Aslan, L.
International Journal of Therapeutic Communities: 2018, 39(1), p. 26–34.
Evidence gathered over the last decade affirms the greater effectiveness of therapeutic communities in prison versus other treatment models, and highlights improved recidivism and drug use outcomes when the prison regimen is reinforced by community aftercare on release.

REVIEW 2018 HTM file
Psychotherapy relationships that work III

Norcross J.C., Lambert M.J.
Psychotherapy: 2018, 55(4), p. 303–315.
Research findings amalgamated in 16 reviews for an American Psychological Association task force led them to authoritatively assess many dimensions of the client–psychotherapist relationship as important determinants of patients’ progress. “The relationship can heal,” is the overall conclusion – one likely to be highly relevant to recovery from addiction.

DOCUMENT 1987 HTM file
High time for harm reduction

Newcombe R.
Druglink: January/February 1987, 2(1), p.10-11.
Impelled by the injecting-related AIDS crisis, Merseyside was where harm reduction in the UK first took root. From there in 1987 came this groundbreaking call for a turn away from what was seen as a failed attempt to prevent use to mitigating the harm. Expressed modestly as a “prudent” suggestion, with Russell Newcombe’s essay, “harm reduction” had come of age.

REVIEW 2018 HTM file
The real relationship and its role in psychotherapy outcome: a meta-analysis

Gelso C.J., Kivlighan D.M., Markin R.D.
Psychotherapy: 2018, 55(4), p. 434–444.
Findings amalgamated for the American Psychological Association indicate that patient progress and treatment quality are strongly related to the strength of the personal (‘real’) relationship between client and therapist – more strongly than the working relationship focused on the therapy. Showing that you like, value and care for someone may be therapeutic in itself.

REVIEW 2018 HTM file
The alliance in adult psychotherapy: a meta-analytic synthesis

Flückiger C., Del Re A.C., Wampold B.E. et al.
Psychotherapy: 2018, 55(4), p. 316–340.
Comprehensive review for the American Psychological Association concludes that the working relationship between clients and their counsellors or therapists is one of the largest and most consistent determinants of outcomes. Practice recommendations aim to help practitioners foster strong relationships.


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