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STUDY 2010 HTM file
Whole person recovery: a user-centred systems approach to problem drug use
Report on the first phases of the Whole Person Recovery Project in England which aimed to place drug and alcohol/service users at the centre of an approach to fostering holistic recovery from addiction based on the collective effort of 'recovery communities'.
Review concludes that neither confrontation nor disengagement from a family member work as well at engaging them in treatment as an approach based on systematically organising the intended patient's social environment to reward treatment entry.
STUDY 2010 HTM file
Population estimates of alcohol misusers who access DWP benefits
Estimates the number of problem drinkers in Britain who draw the main unemployment and welfare benefits in order to assess how many claimants may need additional help for addiction and related problems before they can move into employment. Contrasts with similar figures for problem drug users.
STUDY 2010 HTM file
Alcohol misusers’ experiences of employment and the benefit system
Substantial barriers to employment were revealed by interviews with alcohol service clients in Britain and with staff working in or with treatment agencies. Holistic recovery rather than just completing treatment was the key. Reviews relevant international research.
2010 English national drug strategy: "A fundamental difference [from] those that have gone before is that instead of focusing primarily on reducing the harms caused by drug misuse, [we will] go much further and offer every support for people to choose recovery as an achievable way out of dependency."
This substudy from the seminal US Project MATCH alcohol treatment trial found evidence for the appealingly simple and plausible conclusions that "What therapists reflect back, they will hear more of," and that promoting talk about change promotes change itself.
REVIEW 2006 PDF file 856Kb
An expert Euro-US collaboration led by Wouter Vanderplasschen from Belgium examines what in Britain is now seen as the core mechanism for transforming isolated episodes of care into coherently staged and comprehensive reintegration programmes.
STUDY 2006 PDF file 106Kb
Improving continuity of care in a public addiction treatment system with clinical case management
In Philadelphia intensive case management created the kind of post-detoxification continuity of care which dramatically cut repeated admissions for detoxification, increased the numbers able to be treated, and offered patients a better chance of gaining lasting stability.
STUDY 2006 PDF file 159Kb
Integrated care for dual diagnosis patients betters parallel provision
This rare test of truly integrated substance use and mental health care for severely mentally ill patients found it cut subsequent psychiatric and legal crises. Even where full integration is not possible, the same principles could improve the work of mental health and addiction services.
In the study of Swiss army conscripts, reflective listening emerged as possibly the key active ingredient in a brief alcohol intervention based on motivational interviewing.
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