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STUDY 2009 HTM file
Methadone patients in the therapeutic community: a test of equivalency

Are therapeutic communities incompatible with methadone maintenance? Not when staff have been prepared to accept and work with methadone patients and programmes adapted to accommodate them. Then patients stay as long and sustain abstinence from illegal drug use just as well as other residents.

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.

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.

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 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.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
Concern over abstinence outcomes in Scotland's treatment services

A study of drug (mainly heroin) users starting treatment in 2001 in Scotland revealed what the researchers believed were worryingly low rates of abstinence nearly three years later, but the findings have been widely misinterpreted.

REVIEW 2001 PDF file 594Kb
Cycle of change

Its simplicity is beguiling, but does the ubiquitous Prochaska and DiClemente cycle of change model simply describe the change process, or help predict and accelerate it? Professor Robin Davidson casts a sceptical eye over the evidence.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 99Kb
How dependent drug users in Scotland avoided relapse

Scottish study provides valuable clues to where anti-relapse interventions might focus. Predated by many years the recovery era in British policy but laid some of the foundations for its shift in emphasis from the psychological or biochemical grip of addiction to lifestyle change which breaks with the past satisfyingly enough to forge a positive, non-addict identity and prevent relapse.

STUDY 2000 PDF file 581Kb
Force in the sunshine state

Early in the 1960s administrative blunders in California paved the way for what remains the most convincing test of court-ordered treatment. The mistakes created a near-perfect yet natural control group against which to compare outcomes.

STUDY 2000 PDF file 149Kb
Clash of philosophies impedes work with young drug using offenders

Two innovative British projects provide valuable lessons about the problems of integrating drug counsellors in a youth justice setting and how these might be dealt with in order to more effectively tackle youth offending.


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