Skip Page Header

Home > Drug treatment matrix cell B1: practitioners - reducing harm.

Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2017) Drug treatment matrix cell B1: practitioners - reducing harm. Drug and Alcohol Findings Drug Treatment Matrix .

PDF (Drug Matrix cell B1: practitioners and reducing harm)


The Drug Matrix is concerned with the treatment of problems related to the use of illegal drugs by adults (another deals with alcohol-related problems). It maps the treatment universe and for each sub-territory (a cell) lists the most important UK-relevant research and guidance. Across the top columns move from specific interventions through how their impacts are affected by staff, the management of the service, and the nature of the organisation, to the impact of local area treatment systems. Down the rows are the major intervention types implemented at these levels.

What is this cell B1 about?

As described more fully in cell A1, about reducing the harms experienced by the user as a result of their drug use, without necessarily reducing use or seeking to overcome dependence. Common interventions include needle exchanges and substituting a legally prescribed drug of the same type for the original (and usually illegally obtained) substance, also considered as a treatment for addiction in row 3. This cell is however not about the content of the intervention (for which see cell A1), but whether its impact depends on the interpersonal style and other features of the practitioner relating to the client or conducting the intervention – a much less commonly researched topic.

Repository Staff Only: item control page