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[Drug and Alcohol Findings] (2017) Family therapies best for substance using teenagers. London: Drug and Alcohol Findings. Drug and Alcohol Findings Bulletin (5 May 2017) 7 p.

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Multi-prong therapies centred on the family emerge as probably the most effective in this comprehensive and careful synthesis of the results of trials of non-residential programmes for substance using teenagers – but do the outcomes warrant the extra costs?

Key points from summary and commentary
• Studies included in the analysis were required to involve an identifiable non-residential treatment for substance use problems for patients aged between 12 and 20.
• Generally the substance use outcomes of the various distinct treatment types represented in the studies did not significantly differ
• The exception was family therapies, which returned the most convincing and consistent evidence of comparative effectiveness, but even here the evidence was too limited to support definitive conclusions


Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction, Psychosocial treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:May 2017
Pages:7 p.
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Place of Publication:London
Number:5 May 2017
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Subjects:HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method > Family or marital therapy
HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach > Family-focused prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family and substance use > Substance related family problems
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Programme planning, implementation, and evaluation > Programme and budget analysis (cost benefit)
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Social services > Services for family and children
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)

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