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Family-Based Intervention Program for Parents of Substance-Abusing Youth and Adolescents

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Journal of Addiction
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The use of drugs among adolescents/youth often results in a high degree of distress for the family members who live with them. This in turn can lead to a deterioration of mental (psychological) health, hindering any attempt to successfully cope with the situation. The goal of our research was to study the effect of the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) program on parents of adolescents/young adult drug users.

Effectiveness Bank Analysis: ‘No Effect’ from Targeting Child Drinking via the Parents

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: 2019, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD012287.
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Findings of this comprehensive review seem to almost entirely deflate what in the mid-2000s was a bubble of enthusiasm for parental programmes as a way to prevent or reduce drinking among teenagers - but despite this overall verdict, some interventions have had remarkable results.

Effectiveness Bank Analysis: Therapy ‘Toolbox’ Helps Rescue Poorly Recovering Patients at London Maintenance Clinic

Lancet Psychiatry: 2019, 6, p. 391-402.
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Instead of a set programme, a clinic in London tried offering patients prescribed methadone or buprenorphine but still using heroin or cocaine a selection from a suite of well-supported psychological interventions tailored to the patient, and then systematically re-tailored in the light of how they responded.

Effectiveness Bank Analysis: Do Interventions to Reduce Alcohol-Related Harms also Reduce Domestic Abuse?

BMC Public Health: 2014, 14(881), p. 1-11.
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In celebration of International Women’s Day we are highlighting studies throughout the month of March that further our understanding of how sex and gender influence the course of addiction and treatment, with a particular focus on women.

Effectiveness Bank Matrix Cell: Psychosocial Treatment; Individuals, Not Programmes

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Drug and Alcohol Findings

Every treatment involves direct or indirect human interaction, but this cell is about interventions in which interaction is the main ingredient, from mutual support groups through to professionally delivered psychological programmes. ‘Programmes’ is perhaps the wrong word though.

The Comparative Effectiveness of Outpatient Treatment for Adolescent Substance Abuse: A Meta-Analysis

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 44 (2013) 145–158
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Multi-prong therapies centred on the family emerge as probably the most effective in this comprehensive and careful synthesis of the results of trials of non-residential programmes for substance using teenagers - but do the outcomes warrant the extra costs?