Welcome to Effectiveness Bank alerts, a service provided by Drug and Alcohol Findings to alert you
to site updates and recent evaluation research with important practice implications.
HOT TOPICS for March and April 2011
The more important an issue is, the more likely it is to be contested. These are the hot topics,
some new, some perennial, plus some which ought to be hot but have been neglected. Our selection
gives you one-click access to relevant Findings analyses. Topics are rotated every two months. The
latest set are now at:
Individual links below.
MAGIC: PREVENT SUBSTANCE USE PROBLEMS WITHOUT MENTIONING DRUGS
Newly stressed in English drug and public health strategies, child development and parenting
programmes which do not mention substances at all have recorded some of the most substantial
preventive impacts. For this search we specially identified and coded such studies - because we
think they are important. Run the search and see if you agree.
TREATMENT STAFF MATTER
For most research the impact of the therapist is noise in the system to be set aside so it can focus
on the therapy. This risks eliminating what matters in order to focus on what often does not, so we
stretched our hot topics to an issue which arguably ought to be sizzling in the research. The search
covers the development and recruitment of the workforce and how they relate to patients and clients.
NO REASON FOR PESSIMISM OVER TREATING COCAINE PROBLEMS
In recent years an increasing proportion of the British drug treatment population has sought help
for problems involving cocaine (powder or crack). Serial disappointment in the search for a medicine
or a specific psychosocial therapy has led some to conclude that nothing works. Run this hot topic
search and you will find that is far from the case. It may not be easy, but neither is controlling
your crack use uniquely difficult.
12-STEP MUTUAL AID PROMISES TO PLUG THE RECOVERY RESOURCES DEFICIT
Paralleling the rise in abstinence-based recovery in UK national strategies has been a rise in the
profile of the best-known programme for achieving this goal - the 12 steps of various mutual aid
fellowships and allied treatments. For the UK, these offer a way to reconcile diminished resources
with the desire to get more patients out of treatment in lasting recovery. Running this search will
enable you to test whether the popularity of the steps is matched by evidence of effectiveness.
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