Drug and Alcohol Misuse

A collection of training materials compiled by STRADA, Scottish Training on Drugs and Alcohol.

A Fuller Life: report of the Expert Group on Alcohol Related Brain Damage

There is concern that the needs of people with alcohol related brain damage (ARBD) and their carers are not being well met by current service provision across Scotland.

The Expert Group which produced this report was set up by the Scottish Executive to achieve better understanding of the issues and problems involved, and to advise on how they can be addressed.

Recovery management: what if we really believed that addiction was a chronic disorder?

A quiet revolution is unfolding within the worlds of addiction treatment and recovery support. This revolution is founded on new understandings of the nature of substance use disorders and their management. It calls for shifting the treatment of severe and persistent alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems from an emergency room model of acute care (AC) to a model of sustained recovery management (RM).

Malcolm Knowles, informal adult education, self-direction and anadragogy, the encyclopaedia of informal education

Knowles was convinced that adults learned differently to children - and that this provided the basis for a distinctive field of enquiry. His earlier work on informal adult education had highlighted some elements of process and setting. Similarly, his charting of the development of the adult education movement in the United States had helped him to come to some conclusions about the shape and direction of adult education. What he now needed to do was to bring together these elements. The mechanism he used was the notion of andragogy.

Motivational interviewing: a systematic review and meta-analysis (IN British Journal of General Practice, 55: 513, pp. 305-312)

Motivational interviewing is a well-known, scientifically tested method of counselling clients developed by Miller and Rollnick and viewed as a useful intervention strategy in the treatment of lifestyle problems and disease.

Determining the effectiveness of alcohol screening and brief intervention approach in a young people’s sexual health service

An evaluation of a pilot study delivering Screening and Brief Interventions (SBIs) in a young people's sexual health service has shown positive results through a number of findings. The Place, in Sandyford, Glasgow and Clyde, piloted the scheme using a grant from AERC after a needs assessment showed alcohol was a significant factor for many of those attending the clinic.

Review of the effectiveness of treatment for alcohol problems

This review is a critical appraisal of the evidence base for the treatments available for people with alcohol problems. The review covers interventions ranging from simple advice and mutual aid to intensive specialist treatment. It has been written to inform Models of Care for Alcohol Misusers (MoCAM), which provides a model framework and standards for the commissioning and development of local integrated treatment systems for alcohol misuse.

Facilitation toolkit. A practical guide for working more effectively with people and groups

A useful "how to" document guiding you through the nuts and bolts of facilitating workshops, meetings and a host of other group processes.

My way or yours? - article from Drug and Alcohol Findings 2006

How directive the therapist is in the face of client resistance is emerging as one of the strongest and most consistent influences on the outcomes of therapy. There is no one right answer - it all depends on the client, in particular on how much they perceive and react against threats to their autonomy.

Tackling Drug Markets and Distribution Networks in the UK : Executive Summary

This summary sets out the main findings from a review of the recent literature on strategies to tackle illicit drug markets and distribution networks in the UK.

Drug user involvement in treatment decisions

This report discusses the involvement of drug users in making decisions about their treatment.