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REVIEW 2012 HTM file
BAP updated guidelines: evidence-based guidelines for the pharmacological management of substance abuse, harmful use, addiction and comorbidity: recommendations from BAP

Practitioner-friendly review from the British Association for Psychopharmacology on drug-based treatments for substance dependence offer authoritative, evidence-based guidance to prescribers and others; they also demonstrate the limitations of trying to cure over-use of drugs with drugs.

STUDY 2012 HTM file
Using pay for performance to improve treatment implementation for adolescent substance use disorders

How can it be that incentives to therapists improve implementation of a therapy without further helping patients overcome substance use problems? In this US study of young substance users, disappointing results may reflect the inability of time-limited programmes to make an impression on the lives of youngsters subject to powerful influences, including criminal justice intervention.

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Adaptive programming improves outcomes in drug court: an experimental trial

Latest in an impressively coherent and persistent series of studies of how US courts specialising in supervision and treatment of drug-related offenders can do more to reduce drug use and crime. Triaging offenders to more or less intensive programmes and then adjusting based on actual progress made significant differences.

REVIEW 2011 HTM file
A meta-analysis of interventions to reduce adolescent cannabis use

The first synthesis of research on therapeutic interventions for adolescent cannabis users highlighted the relative success of family and multi-component approaches, but the evidence base was too narrow to securely determine what works best.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Specialist drug and alcohol services for young people – a cost benefit analysis

Study published by UK government estimates that every £1 spent on specialist substance misuse treatment for under-18s in Britain averts social costs totalling £4.66–£8.38.

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Cluster randomised trial of the effectiveness of motivational interviewing for universal prevention

Compared to basic drug education, it should at least have moderated current use, but this attempt to deploy motivational interviewing as an across-the-board prevention strategy among college students in London neither did that, nor did it prevent non-users starting to use, negative findings which raise interesting questions.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Fidelity to motivational interviewing and subsequent cannabis cessation among adolescents

Offering valuable clues to how best to do motivational interviewing, this London study of cannabis-using students found they were most likely to stop using after brief interventions which embodied the spirit of the approach and featured responses from the counsellor reflecting back and elaborating on the student's comments.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Using a cross-study design to assess the efficacy of motivational enhancement therapy-cognitive behavioral therapy 5 (MET/CBT5) in treating adolescents with cannabis-related disorders

It worked as well as somewhat longer and more elaborate experimental therapies, but how would a basic US programme for cannabis using youngsters fare when compared to much more extensive real-world therapies? On average at least as well if not better was the answer.

REVIEW 2011 HTM file
Effectiveness of motivational interviewing interventions for adolescent substance use behavior change: a meta-analytic review

Not just for adults, but teenagers and young adults too, with this analysis motivational interviewing seems confirmed as the leading evidence-based approach to reducing possibly or actually risky substance use among non-clinical populations not seeking treatment.

DOCUMENT 2011 HTM file
Drug treatment and recovery in 2010–11

England's National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse argues that the efforts of users, workers and service providers to put recovery at the heart of treatment are paying off in the form of more drug dependent patients successfully completing and leaving treatment and not having to return after relapse.


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