Alcohol: the complete collection
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Alcohol: the complete collection

All Effectiveness Bank analyses to date of documents related to alcohol compiled for our partner Alcohol Change UK, starting with the analyses most recently added or updated, totalling today 791 documents.

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STUDY 2005 PDF file 180Kb
Aftercare calls suit less relapse-prone patients

McKay J.R.
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
An intensive US outpatient programme found that for less relapse-prone patients, a flexible aftercare regime mixing initial support groups with regular phone calls was at least as effective as entirely face-to-face contact, yet far less time-consuming.

REVIEW 2005 PDF file 826Kb
Self help: don't leave it to the patients

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Keith Humphreys and colleagues report on a workgroup of US experts on substance abuse self-help organisations. Main conclusion: self-help groups are too valuable to leave to chance. They should be actively promoted and facilitated by treatment services and policymakers.

IN PRACTICE 2005 PDF file 813Kb
Wet day centres in Britain part 2: Care Control Challenge

Crane M., Warnes T.
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Part 2 of our mini-series on wet day centres in Britain will ring bells not just for alcohol workers but also for drug workers in needle exchanges and drop-in services. Maureen Crane and Tony Warnes analyse what it takes to work productively in one of the most challenging of settings.

SERIES OF ARTICLES 2005 PDF file 1935Kb
Wet day centres in Britain

Crane M., Warnes T.
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
In drug and alcohol services, it doesn't get more difficult than this – offering street drinkers a place where they can start to reverse years of deterioration, without having first to stop drinking.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
Counselor skill influences outcomes of brief motivational interventions

Gaume J., Gmel G., Faouzi M. et al.
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment: 2009, 37, p. 151–159.
Few studies can manage the painstaking analyses needed to identify what makes for successful counselling. This Swiss study broke new ground in dissecting why some brief interventionists had far better results than others with risky drinking A&E patients.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
Replication and sustainability of improved access and retention within the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment

Hoffman K.A., Ford J.H., Choi D. et al.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence: 2008, 98, p. 63–69.
Placing staff in the clients' shoes was the key tactic in this national US treatment improvement programme which more than halved waiting times and increased retention without limiting patient numbers.

REVIEW 2008 HTM file
Treating pregnant women dependent on opioids is not the same as treating pregnancy and opioid dependence: a knowledge synthesis for better treatment for women and neonates

Winklbaur B., Kopf N., Ebner N. et al.
Addiction: 2008, 103, p. 1429–1440.
New guidance on managing pregnant women dependent on heroin and allied drugs emphasises that maintenance prescribing is the core treatment but holistic, individualised care is essential; its warnings about the dangers of detoxification are not universally accepted.

REVIEW 2009 HTM file
Acupuncture for alcohol dependence: a systematic review

Cho S-H, Whang W-W.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental: 2009, 33(8), p. 1305–1313.
An exhaustive multi-country and multi-language trawl for randomised trials of acupuncture in the treatment of alcohol dependence found just 11 studies which overall offered little support for any form of the therapy.

REVIEW 2008 HTM file
Effective dissemination: a systematic review of implementation strategies for the AOD field

Bywood P.T., Lunnay B., Roche A.M.
Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, 2008
Comprehensive Australian review garners the lessons from across health promotion and medical care on how best to improve practice by introducing research-based innovations, and evaluates their applicability to substance misuse.

REVIEW 2008 HTM file
Effective services for substance misuse and homelessness in Scotland: evidence from an international review

Pleace N.
Scottish Government Social Research, 2008.
Comprehensive and thoughtful review of the UK-relevant literature warns that services which impose rigid and unrealistic expectations of abstinence or independent living on homeless addicts would deny treatment and housing to vulnerable adults with complex needs.


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