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implications. Though tailored for the UK, this selection will be of international interest.
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BENEFITS OF RESIDENTIAL CARE PRESERVED BY SYSTEMATIC, PERSISTENT AND WELCOMING AFTERCARE PROMPTS
A US inpatient treatment centre has shown that systematically applying simple prompts and motivators
can substantially improve aftercare attendance and help sustain progress made during initial
treatment. The findings offer a way to preserve the benefits of the investment made by patients,
services, and funders ...
INTERNATIONALLY PROVEN COMMUNITY ALCOHOL CRIME AND HARM REDUCTION PROGRAMMES FEASIBLE IN BRITAIN
Three projects have shown that British communities can generate the kind of coordinated action which
new reports from the USA and Sweden have shown curtail alcohol-related violence and injury, creating
substantial cost-savings for society ...
BRIEF CONTACT AND WRITTEN ADVICE AS EFFECTIVE AS A LONGER TALK FOR HEAVY DRINKING HOSPITAL PATIENTS
A Scottish study suggests there is no need for sophisticated and extended advice to prompt heavy
drinking hospital patients to cut down, reinforcing the case for low cost, large scale screening and
INTERNATIONAL REVIEW AND UK GUIDANCE WEIGH MERITS OF BUPRENORPHINE VERSUS METHADONE MAINTENANCE
An analysis of the most clinically relevant studies of buprenorphine versus methadone maintenance
treatment of opiate dependence has confirmed that buprenorphine has slightly less 'holding power',
but that among patients who are retained, there are equivalent reductions in the illegal use of
opiate-type drugs. The findings informed new UK guidelines ...
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