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Starting methadone treatment in prison radically improves treatment uptake on release and reduces heroin and cocaine use over the following year, reports the first US randomised trial among formerly opiate dependent prisoners.
REVIEW ABSTRACT 2009 HTM file
Peer-based addiction recovery support: history, theory, practice, and scientific evaluation
This monograph is likely to become the handbook for the growing peer-based recovery movement in the UK. For administrators, the approaches it reviews offer a way to reconcile decreasing per-patient resources with a policy agenda now focused on reintegration and recovery.
Further demonstration from a US research team that relatively intensive case management support does help welfare applicants overcome substance use problems, but in this case only those not already managed through substitute prescribing.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 149Kb
Addressing medical and welfare needs improves treatment retention and outcomes
In this US treatment study, receiving services matched to need was associated with greater reductions in illegal drug use, supporting calls for services to address not just dependence but also medical, psychological, social, housing, and vocational needs.
Intensive, long-term case management coordinating treatment and other services helped US 'welfare mothers' overcome their drug problems and gain full time employment.
STUDY 2008 HTM file
Toward cost-effective initial care for substance-abusing homeless
Offering homeless, unemployed people seeking treatment for cocaine dependence access to housing and paid employment if they stay drug-free is a powerful incentive, but adding intensive counselling helps maintain abstinence once the incentives end.
OFFCUT 2004 PDF file 104Kb
Positive Futures reconnects alienated British teenagers
The sports-based Positive Futures project aims to re-engage marginalised youngsters at risk of substance use problems in the most deprived or high-crime neighbourhoods in England and Wales. Early reports suggest this innovative Home Office initiative is working.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 156Kb
Prison treatment in Scotland fails to impress
The first published findings from the national Scottish drug treatment evaluation highlighted the relative inadequacy and ineffectiveness of treatment inside as opposed to outside prison.
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 2008 HTM file 9Kb
Helping drug treatment patients find work pays (some) dividends in Scotland
Scotland's DORIS project found that providing employment-related support as part of the addiction treatment package improved the employment prospects of at least a minority of patients.
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