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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2017) Alcohol matrix cell A5: Interventions - safeguarding the community. London: Drug and Alcohol Findings. 4 p.

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The Alcohol Treatment Matrix is concerned with the treatment of alcohol-related problems among adults (another deals with drug-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 the widening contexts of practitioners, management, the organisation, and whole local area treatment systems. Down the rows are the major intervention types implemented at these levels. Inside each cell is our pick of the most important documents relevant to the impact of that intervention type at that contextual level. 

 

What is this cell about? About treatment funded or ordered to safeguard the wider community, or studies of whether treatment in general has a safeguarding impact. Treatment focuses on the welfare of the individual patient, but it may be funded and organised by authorities whose primary motivation is to safeguard the wider community. In these cases, treatment is offered or imposed not because the substance user has sought it, but because it is thought that treating their substance use could result in benefits to the community. Typically these take the form of reductions in crime including drink-driving and violence, but also reductions in non-criminal behaviour which the community finds offensive and/or which degrades the local social or physical environment. Treatment not organised primarily for these purposes may nevertheless have these benefits; studies and reviews documenting these effects are also included in this cell. Also here are interventions which focus on the welfare of the children and families of problem drinkers in their own rights, rather than primarily as a means to promote the welfare of the drinker.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction, Crime prevention
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:May 2017
Pages:4 p.
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Corporate Creators:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:B Substances > Alcohol
HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime prevention
MM-MO Crime and law > Criminal penalty
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Community anti-crime or legal assistance programme

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