Constructed for Alcohol Awareness Week 2017 on the theme of ‘Alcohol and Families’, this collection embraces both major roles for the families of problem drinkers – as recipients of support and therapy to promote their own welfare, and as therapeutic agents engaged in promoting the drinker’s welfare through family therapy or less formal involvement in treatment. A collection starting with the analyses most recently added or updated, totalling today 82 documents.
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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.
Sweeping, learned but practice-oriented tour-de-force from the US recovery advocate who sees the creation of a recovery-friendly environment as the best way to ensure a lasting resolution of substance use problems with or without abstinence.
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.
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.
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 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.
REVIEW 2006 PDF file 1464Kb
Motivational arm twisting: contradiction in terms?
Part 4 of the Manners Matter series asks whether motivational interviewing can overcome the hostile prison environment and the distrust of youngsters, drink drivers and other offenders pressured into counselling by the criminal justice system.
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.
STUDY 2001 PDF file 97Kb
General practices can be trained to help families cope with drinkers and drugtakers
A UK pilot study demonstrated the feasibility and effectiveness of a treatment package to relieve stress and improve coping among primary care patients affected by problem drug and alcohol use in the family, but few practices implemented the intervention.
STUDY 2000 PDF file 147Kb
Constructive response to worried parents
Research on a community reinforcement approach shows that relatives can learn how to engage a problem drug user in treatment without resort to confrontation - and even if the user continues to resist, the relatives feel better and healthier.
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