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SERIES OF ARTICLES 2005 PDF file 1935Kb
Wet day centres in Britain
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.
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.
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.
Further analysis of findings from a US inpatient centre shows that systematically applying simple prompts and motivators especially and substantially improved aftercare attendance among patients with mental health problems, helping sustain progress made during initial treatment.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 102Kb
More patients drop out after long waits for methadone prescribing
Combined implications of two British studies are that the longer someone waits for methadone treatment, the less likely they are to start it, and even if they do, they will have spent longer at risk from dependent heroin use.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 104Kb
Phone reminders cut 'no shows' by nearly two-thirds
By introducing a phoned reminder, an alcohol treatment clinic in Liverpool cut by nearly two-thirds the number of patients who simply failed to turn up for assessment, avoiding wastage of staff time due to missed appointments.
Instead of telling addiction treatment providers what to do to qualify for funding, the US state of Delaware set recruitment and engagement targets and largely left the methods up to the services. Result: more and more engaging treatment without stifling innovation.
IN PRACTICE 2005 PDF file 927Kb
Barriers cleared in Endell Street
How a team in London's West End set about systematically overcoming the barriers which prevented the residents of a homelessness hostel getting the treatment they needed. The key step was simple – asking the residents just what it was which stood in the way.
IN PRACTICE 2005 PDF file 1242Kb
Wet day centres in Britain part 1: planning and setting up
Solid guidance based on a detailed analysis of UK centres offering street drinkers a place where they can start to reverse years of deterioration without having first to stop drinking. In this extraordinarily difficult task, good planning is key.
Sweeping, learned but practice-oriented tour-de-force from the US recovery advocate who sees the creation of a recovery-friendly environment as the best way to ensure a lasting resolution of substance use problems with or without abstinence.
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