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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2016) Alcohol matrix cell A2: Interventions; generic and cross-cutting issues. London: Drug and Alcohol Findings. 4 p.

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 cell A2 about? Whether medical or psychosocial, chosen positively or under pressure, patients have to decide to get help, find their way to treatment or get sent there. Decisions must be made about treatment objectives and the form, intensity and duration of care, relationships forged, and attention paid to psychological problems and social circumstances which affect the chances of a sustained end to dependent substance use. Seen as important is the very fact that someone or some institution sanctioned by society has identified the patient/client as in need and deserving of help, believes they will benefit, and has the status of an expert in the problem and its solutions. This cell is about these generic functions and ‘common factors’, now widely recognised as at least as important as the particular therapy. Also here we touch on the nature of the caseload seen in treatment services, helping place those services in the context of the spectrum of dependent drinking in society and the ‘natural’ processes of recovery which treatment seeks to harness and accelerate.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder drug therapy, AOD disorder treatment method, Psychosocial treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:August 2016
Pages:4 p.
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Corporate Creators:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Place of Publication:London
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
HJ Treatment method > General treatment method concepts
HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors

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