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STUDY 2004 PDF file 166Kb
Dual diagnosis add-on to mental health services improves outcomes
A unique British study has found that treatment-resistant schizophrenic patients benefit from additional integrated substance use/mental health therapy, which may also save costs by reducing the need for inpatient care.
OFFCUT 2003 PDF file 259Kb
Leading Australian treatment centre distills its experience in to practical guides
The Turning Point Centre has to date produced nine manuals distilling its considerable research and practice experience on among other topics, psychosocial therapies, harm reduction, managing withdrawal, and aftercare.
This huge US study set out to test whether widespread screening and brief intervention for illegal drug use (not just heavy drinking) could be implemented in a variety of general medical settings and whether it was effective. Both tests seem to have been passed, but with some important caveats.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 196Kb
Student drug users respond well to one-to-one motivational sessions
London study suggests that individual brief motivational sessions from non-teaching staff could fulfill a college's responsibilities to prevent drug-related harm more effectively than media campaigns or health education lectures.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 159Kb
Retention is not just about motivation
Being motivated enough to cut drug use before treatment entry leads to better outcomes, but even after taking this in to account, this huge US study found outcomes improved the longer patients stayed in residential or non-residential programmes.
REVIEW 2006 PDF file 1464Kb
Motivational arm twisting: contradiction in terms?
Part 4 of the Manners Matter series asks whether motivational interviewing can overcome the hostile prison environment and the distrust of youngsters, drink drivers and other offenders pressured into counselling by the criminal justice system.
STUDY 2002 PDF file 209Kb
Holistic family therapy preferable to less comprehensive therapy for troubled teens
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 2001 PDF file 140Kb
Brief interventions help cannabis users cut down
Studies from Australia and the USA show that heavy, long-term cannabis users can be attracted into brief interventions which reduce consumption and improve quality of life and health prospects. For most, longer interventions are unnecessary.
STUDY 2000 PDF file 165Kb
Brief 12-step therapy can work for children too
The limitations of US health insurance permitted this rare quasi-random test of whether 12-step treatment is effective for adolescents dependent mainly on cannabis or alcohol and of whether doing this in a residential setting improves outcomes.
STUDY 1999 PDF file 224Kb
Coerced arrest referral as early intervention
UK studies show that 'incentive' schemes (diversion from prosecution for offenders who address their drug use) may intercept the careers of young, casual drug users and avoid costly proceedings but are not applicable to criminally active, dependent users.
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