Drugs: the complete collection
 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 815 documents.

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OFFCUT 2002 PDF file 237Kb
Audit Commission paints a stark picture of drug treatment in England and Wales

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
In 2002 an Audit Commission investigation of drug services and GP involvement in 11 drug action team areas in England and Wales found weak commissioning practices and the absence of management information and effective performance monitoring.

OFFCUT 2002 PDF file 239Kb
Remarkable confluence of views with profound implications for treatment

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Leading US researchers argue that if addiction is a chronic condition (because the individual or the environment is difficult to change), then care should be spread thinly and extensively and assessed in terms of change during not after treatment.

STUDY 2002 PDF file 105Kb
Rapid opiate detox guarantees completion, but abstinence depends on what follows

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Compared to a conventional inpatient programme, the worlds largest private provider of ultra-rapid opiate detoxification improved completion rates, but after leaving fewer patients remained abstinent. Extended text offers comprehensive review.

STUDY 2002 PDF file 164Kb
Still little evidence for matching client with same-gender or same-race therapist

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Following negative findings for group therapy, a study of cocaine counselling found that even in one-to-one therapy, matching clients and therapists by gender or race does not improve retention or outcomes. Extended text includes comprehensive review.

STUDY 2002 PDF file 183Kb
No harm and some benefit in letting methadone patients choose their dose

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
US study shows that methadone maintenance patients allowed to set their own doses do not escalate excessively. Benefits may include improved patient-therapist relations and reduced illicit drug use. Extended text reviews other relevant studies.

STUDY 2002 PDF file 431Kb
For crack users, non-residential rehabilitation can match residential

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
US crack users with no pressing reasons to enter residential versus non-residential rehabilitation did as well in either. Residential care is still needed (see Extended text) for patients it is unsafe or impractical to treat as outpatients.

STUDY 2002 PDF file 172Kb
Group cognitive-behavioural therapy can work well and save money

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Brazilian clinic found that for both drinkers and drug users, cognitive-behavioural therapy worked as well in a group as an individual format with potential cost-savings. Extended text documents similar studies.

STUDY 2002 PDF file 209Kb
Holistic family therapy preferable to less comprehensive therapy for troubled teens

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
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 2002 PDF file 173Kb
Growth in youth drinking curbed by correcting 'normative' beliefs

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
A sophisticated reanalysis of data from the US Adolescent Alcohol Prevention Trial confirmed that school lessons based on correcting 'normative beliefs' about how common substance use is among one's peers can retard growth in drinking.

STUDY 2002 PDF file 226Kb
Drug-related youth work – it's not only about drugs

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
A rare independent evaluation of drug-related youth work in Britain stressed the importance of responding to the youngster's overall life situation. Paradoxically, in this arena drug problems are often best addressed by not addressing them directly.

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