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National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse. (2010) Free mapping. Group and individual free mapping sheets. London: National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse.

PDF (Free mapping tool for prison workers) - Published Version

External website: http://www.nta.nhs.uk/prison-mapping-tools.aspx

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) has issued all prisons in England with a tool-kit to help health specialists provide vital talking therapies for inmates seeking to quit drugs.

Node-link mapping was first designed to help students take better notes during lengthy college lectures. Now the NTA has adapted the technique to help drug workers when counselling prisoners and has funded 1,000 kits for issue to prisons in England.

Copies of the kit for use by drug workers in the community can be downloaded for free at the NTA's website

NTA Chief Executive Paul Hayes said:
"The NTA works with partners in drug treatment, health, councils, police, prisons, probation and social services to move people as quickly and safely as possible through treatment to recovery and re-integration in their local community.

"Psychological and social interventions are central to recovery and tools like this are proven and effective in supporting better practice and improved interventions in drug treatment."

The prison toolkit is an adaptation of the tried and tested Routes to Recovery mapping tool which is used by clinicians and drug workers in the community. Based on the premise 'a picture is worth a thousand words' ,the tool offers the prisoner an opportunity to explore issues in their lives in an open, non-confrontational way enabling drug worker and patient to work towards more structured therapy focussing on family, health, offending and to measure change and progress.

There is strong international evidence that when used as part of counselling, the technique increases the effectiveness of drug treatment. Studies on offenders out on probation in the US found patients stayed off opiates and cocaine for longer, missed fewer therapy sessions and felt more positive about their treatment and their relationship with their key worker.

Rebalancing treatment to support drug free outcomes is a key strand of the new government's revised drug strategy, to be published in December. Its objectives are to prevent drug taking, disrupt drug supply, strengthen enforcement, and promote drug treatment with the focus on enabling people to become free of their addictions, including alcohol, to recover fully and contribute to society.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Guideline, Manual, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Harm reduction, Crime prevention, Psychosocial treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery
National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse
Corporate Creators
National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse
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HRB (Electronic Only)

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