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STUDY 2003 PDF file 177Kb
Systematic but simple way to determine who needs residential care

In this US study the criteria and the methods used to develop them offer a way to reserve expensive residential rehabilitation for those who need it and to improve treatment completion rates in both residential and non-residential settings.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
Style not content key to matching patients to therapeutic approaches

Analysis of videoed therapy sessions from a Project MATCH alcohol treatment trial clinic showed that whether therapists appropriately adjusted their interpersonal style to the patient mattered more than which therapy they practised.

SERIES OF ARTICLES 2006 PDF file 6115Kb
Manners Matter

Five-part series not so much on what treatment services do, but how they do it. Conclusion: the same human qualities which make life better outside treatment make it better within - empathy, understanding, respect, responsiveness, caring persistence.

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.

OFFCUT 2002 PDF file 239Kb
Remarkable confluence of views with profound implications for treatment

Leading US researchers argue that if addiction is a chronic condition (because the individual or the environment is difficult to change), then care should be spread thinly and extensively and assessed in terms of change during not after treatment.

REVIEW 2002 PDF file 174Kb
Convincing evidence that acamprosate and naltrexone help prevent alcohol relapse

Despite patchy results in individual studies, two meta-analyses which combined findings from rigorous trials have confirmed that acamprosate and naltrexone help prevent relapse after detoxification from alcohol. See extended text for further studies.


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