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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.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 161Kb
Disappointing results in test of 'culturally competent' services

Contrary to expectations, 'culturally competent' US outpatient treatment services generally did not improve outcomes by improving the take up of health and psychosocial services.

REVIEW 2004 PDF file 909Kb
The power of the welcoming reminder

Part 1 of the Manners Matter series. In seemingly mundane tasks like reminding patients of appointments and checking how they are doing after they leave, individualised and welcoming communications characterise retention-enhancing services.

REVIEW 2005 PDF file 449Kb
Can we help?

Part 2 of the Manners Matter series explores the neglected parts of service delivery – how to help people get there on time. Transport and childcare are key ingredients but a helping hand does more than help carry the load; it shows that you care.

REVIEW 2005 PDF file 813Kb
The motivational hallo

Part 3 of the Manners Matter series investigates motivational interviewing, the most influential counselling style in addiction treatment. At first we couldn't believe what we'd found - but it really has worked best without a manual.

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.

REVIEW 2006 PDF file 797Kb
My way or yours?

Do you bristle when someone else takes the lead or gladly take a back seat? In therapy too, directiveness matters, and in a surprisingly consistent way. Part 5 of the Manners Matter series unpicks the common thread from the literature.

SERIES OF ARTICLES 2002 PDF file 2075Kb
Investing in alcohol treatment

Two-part series extracted from an impressive Australian review. First, how to identify a drinking problem; second, whether brief talks with heavy drinkers identified by screening work, and how staff can be encouraged to implement them.


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