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REVIEW 2003 PDF file 665Kb
Interesting times in the pharmacotherapy of alcohol dependence

A trio of US experts led by Hugh Myrick guide you through the pharmaceuticals now making the headlines in alcohol withdrawal and anti-relapse therapy.

OFFCUT 2003 PDF file 151Kb
Restricted view creates impression of 'chronic relapsing condition'

New studies suggest that the image of addiction as a 'chronic relapsing condition' is due to seeing it through the narrow slit of treatment populations who lack (or have been denied) the physical, psychological and social resources needed to recover.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 162Kb
Health funders cut their own costs by commissioning substance use treatment

A large US health provider found that outpatient treatment for substance dependence saved it money by reducing future inpatient stays and emergency attendances. For the health service, providing this treatment can be considered spending to save.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 172Kb
Injury rate cut in heavy drinking accident and emergency patients

One of the few studies to have tried alcohol interventions in the emergency department rather than after admission was also the first to find a significant reduction in later injuries, but only if the initial approach had been reinforced with a booster.

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.

OFFCUT 2003 PDF file 134Kb
Is your measure of success what matters to the client, or what matters to everyone else?

How a patient assesses their own well-being can be poorly related to conventional outcomes such as substance use. Using quality of life as a benchmark would often give a different impression of whether one treatment or service is better than another.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 110Kb
Initial motivational session improves alcohol treatment retention and outcomes

At a US outpatient alcohol service an initial motivational interview was more effective than 'role induction' (informing the patient about the treatment) at encouraging new clients to stay longer and to gain more from the treatment which followed.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 188Kb
Naltrexone helps heavy drinkers gain control

In Spain naltrexone helped young regular binge drinkers cut back, potentially extending its role from alcoholics seeking treatment at specialist clinics to problem drinkers identified in other settings such as primary care.

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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