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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.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 207Kb
Methadone maintenance: the original

In the mid-60s even its originators doubted whether methadone maintenance could work when everything else had failed, gnawing their nails as they waited for patients to return from the temptations outside the ward. What they saw instead was a 'miraculous' transformation.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 171Kb
Matching resources to needs is key to achieving 'wrap-around' care objectives

Linking treatment intake assessments to a computerised guide to local welfare and medical services transformed the assessments from redundant paperwork into a practical route to the reintegration services being advocated in Britain – and treatment completion rates doubled.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 111Kb
Lessons of failure of Scottish scheme to link released prisoners to services

From 2001 an innovative Scottish scheme aimed to seamlessly link problem drug users released from prison to the services they needed to stay out of trouble; its failure shows how intensive and systematic such attempts must be to overcome logistical barriers and motivate the offender.

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.

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 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.

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 2001 PDF file 99Kb
How dependent drug users in Scotland avoided relapse

Scottish study provides valuable clues to where anti-relapse interventions might focus. Predated by many years the recovery era in British policy but laid some of the foundations for its shift in emphasis from the psychological or biochemical grip of addiction to lifestyle change which breaks with the past satisfyingly enough to forge a positive, non-addict identity and prevent relapse.

REVIEW 2001 PDF file 1630Kb
Idle hands

Like paper on the wall, the fact that the vast majority of Britain's drug treatment clients are unemployed goes unremarked. Could work promote their recovery? This unique review assesses the evidence and outlines recent projects and policy initiatives.


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