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Colquhoun Flannery, Claire and Powis, Beverly and Randhawa, Kiran . (2018) Examining the efficacy of the building skills for recovery (BSR) programme for substance-misusing offenders in custody in England and Wales. Analytical summary 2018. London: HM Prison and Probation Service. 7 p.

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Building Skills for Recovery (BSR) is a substance misuse intervention that has been designed to reduce offending behaviour and dependent substance misuse with an eventual goal of recovery. As little research has been carried out to explore the efficacy of BSR, this study aimed to measure change in the treatment targets of impulsivity, locus of control and problem solving in 1,702 BSR participants in custody, particularly clinically significant change. The impact of readiness to engage in treatment on programme completion was also explored.

Key findings:
• When pre and post treatment scores for impulsivity, locus of control and problem solving abilities were examined at the group level, significant differences were observed for each target, with scores moving in the desired direction.
• While for the majority of BSR participants there was no clinically significant change in the treatment targets of impulsivity, locus of control and problem solving (44% to 62%), between 5% and 25% of participants demonstrated improvement at a clinically significant level after they had completed the programme.
• Participants who completed BSR did not significantly differ from non-completers in terms of age, gender and levels of dependence but did in terms of risk of recidivism with non-completers having significantly higher risk scores.
• Non-completers of BSR had significantly lower perceived ability to participate in treatment programmes than completers.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, Crime prevention, Rehabilitation/Recovery
Date:December 2018
Pages:7 p.
Publisher:HM Prison and Probation Service
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Natural history of substance use > Recovery
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Prison-based health service
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Correctional system and facility > Prison
T Demographic characteristics > Prison Inmate (prisoner)
T Demographic characteristics > Offender
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > Wales
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > England

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