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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2018) Drug treatment matrix cell D4: Organisational functioning - psychosocial therapies. Drug and Alcohol Findings Drug Treatment Matrix,

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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 cell D4 about?

As well as formal characteristics like staffing, management committees, resources, and an institutional structure, organisations have links with other organisations, histories, values, priorities, and an ethos, determining whether they offer an environment in which staff and patients/clients can maximise their potential. For these and other reasons, agencies differ in how keenly and effectively they seek and incorporate knowledge and implement evidence-based practices. The best might have effective procedures for monitoring performance and identifying when and what improvements are needed, facilitate staff learning, forge links with other organisations, and seek and welcome external inspection and accreditation.

Research cited in this cell is about the impact of these attributes on the human interactions involved in the ‘psychosocial’ therapies introduced by cell A4, ranging from brief advice and counselling to extended treatments based on psychological theories. At this remove from the preoccupation with intervention effectiveness, research specific to substance use is scarce, and generic sources (incorporated in Australian guidance) beyond the scope of the matrices become more important.

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