The Talking Route to Recovery. Effectiveness Bank Alcohol Treatment Matrix Cell A4

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Drug and Alcohol Findings
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Every treatment involves human interaction, but this cell is about therapies in which interaction is the intended active ingredient – ‘psychosocial’ therapies, the mainstay of alcohol dependence treatment. Starts with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) “impressively wise overview” of the features shared by effective therapies and highlights the £1.5 million UK trial of a new therapy; why were the researchers’ expectations confounded? Then asks whether therapy can make things worse, argues that guidance has been misled into advocating packaged interventions, and invites you to question the APA’s list of the most important things to do in therapy.

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One of 25 cells in the Alcohol Treatment Matrix mapping seminal and key research and guidance on alcohol brief interventions and treatment.

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