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Grace S., Page G., Lloyd C., et al.
Criminology and Criminal Justice: 2016, 16(5), p. 602–621.
How do drug recovery wings in women’s prisons compare with best practice in Baroness Corston’s 2007 report to the Home Office?
Fertility and Sterility: 2017, 108(2), p. 214–221.
[Consultation draft subject to amendment and correction.] How can infertility specialists integrate screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment with their everyday practice?
STUDY 2018 HTM file
New psychoactive substances: new service provider challenges
Ralphs R., Gray P.
Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy: 2018, 25(4), p. 301–312.
[Consultation draft subject to amendment and correction.] Can existing harm reduction advice and psychosocial interventions be applied to new or novel psychoactive substances?
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 lacking.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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