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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.
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.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 140Kb
Flexible DTTOs do most to cut crime
More flexible supervision requirements and more methadone treatment may account for why treatment-based court orders are completed far more often in Scotland than in England, improving recidivism rates.
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.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 106Kb
Methadone programme loosens up, increases capacity, patients do just as well
Canadian study documents what happens when you 'deregulate' methadone prescribing and permit greater patient choice in treatment and treatment goals. Result: room for more patients, less conflict and no decrease in effectiveness.
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.
STUDY 2009 HTM file
Methadone patients in the therapeutic community: a test of equivalency
Are therapeutic communities incompatible with methadone maintenance? Not when staff have been prepared to accept and work with methadone patients and programmes adapted to accommodate them. Then patients stay as long and sustain abstinence from illegal drug use just as well as other residents.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 91Kb
DTTOs' anti-crime impact undermined by a failure to retain offenders
The first published study on Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (treatment offered instead of normal sentencing) in Britain revealed that their impact on drug-related offenders was seriously undermined by widespread failure to complete the orders.
STUDY 2003 PDF file 268Kb
DTTOs: the Scottish way cuts the failure rate
Though rare in Scotland, failure is the norm for drug treatment and testing orders (court-ordered treatment as an alternative to normal sentencing) in England and Wales, leading to high reconviction rates. Two studies help account for the difference.
STUDY 2003 PDF file 148Kb
Arrest referral tackles drug-driven crime
Interim report of the first national evaluation suggests that voluntary arrest referral schemes in Britain reach many thousands of criminally active but previously untreated drug users and contribute to reductions in drug use and crime.
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