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Dorman, Peter and Jones, Lynsey (1999) Rehabilitation research project: towards a blueprint for opiate addicts in the Eastern Health Board area. (Unpublished) Dublin: Eastern Health Board.

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This document presented the findings of a research project commissioned by the Drug Rehabilitation Committee of the Eastern Health Board. The research was carried out in order to facilitate the informed planning of rehabilitation services in the future. The report presented three distinct perspectives: those of the clients, of the staff, and of community groups. Ninety-four opiate addicts, attending rehabilitation services funded and/or operated by the Eastern Health Board, were interviewed. Focus groups were held for staff in drugs services in each of the Eastern Health Boardís three areas, and for those in local drug task forces, local area projects and community organisations.

In drawing their conclusions, the authors drew all three perspectives together. Rehabilitation, the authors recommended, should be comprehensive. It should be client-centred, taking into account all aspects of a clientís life. Delivered in the context of an integrated multi-disciplinary service, it should offer a range of responses and be well resourced with fast access. The place of methadone in rehabilitation services was questioned. Public education programmes were also emphasised, and it was recommended that recovered addicts be enabled to play a part in designing and delivering services.


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