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REVIEW 2014 HTM file
Peer recovery support for individuals with substance use disorders: assessing the evidence

For such a widely implemented and widely supported adjunct to formal treatment, the revelation from this review is how little evidence there is for involving former problem substance users in promoting recovery from similar problems – a lack which may simply reflect the paucity of adequate research.

HOT TOPIC 2016 HTM file
The therapeutic potential of patients and clients

One of our hot topics offering background and analysis on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. The recovery agenda emphasises the transformation of problem substance users into solutions to those problems through peer support and involvement in their own care – but perhaps at a deeper level, the patient or client has always been the author of their own recovery.

REVIEW 2010 HTM file
A meta-analysis of motivational interviewing: twenty-five years of empirical studies

Better than 'treatment as usual' but not than other specific therapies are the headlines from the most comprehensive synthesis of motivational interviewing studies to date. Along the way are insights in to the equivocal value of manuals and of feeding back assessment results to patients.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
From in-session behaviors to drinking outcomes: a causal chain for motivational interviewing

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.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Shared decision-making: increases autonomy in substance-dependent patients

An innovative Dutch study tested a way of involving substance users as equals in decisions over issues addressed in their treatment. The effect was to give these typically submissive personalities a greater sense of control over their lives. Just as influential was the lead offered by the clinician's personality.

STUDY 2012 HTM file
Motivational interviewing: a pilot test of active ingredients and mechanisms of change

Motivational interviewing’s originator has stressed how unexpected findings can force fruitful rethinking. This study may prove an example; designed to forefront the approach’s distinct active ingredients, other than fleetingly and non-significantly, these did not seem active at all among the stable, moderately dependent drinkers recruited to the trial.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 190Kb
How to identify retention-enhancing alcohol counsellors

A Finnish study of problem drinkers offers a practical way to identify retention-enhancing therapists in advance which could be used in recruitment and training.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 115Kb
Clues on to how to match clients to therapeutic styles

Convergent clues to how to match clients to therapist styles have emerged from research at a Philadelphia counselling service seeing poor black cocaine users and from an offshoot of Project MATCH involving mainly white, employed dependent drinkers.

ABSTRACT 2008 HTM file
An intervention for treating alcohol dependence: relating elements of medical management to patient outcomes in primary care

In a programme intended to simulate primary care management of alcohol dependence, what made the difference to patients was how far the clinician maintained confident optimism and responded to the patient rather than strictly adhering to the treatment manual.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 118Kb
Therapist directiveness is an important influence on outcomes

One of the few 'matches' found by the huge US Project MATCH alcohol treatment trial was that motivational therapy bettered CBT for clients prone to anger. One of the clinics has shown why – because motivational therapists were less directive.


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