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Effective Interventions Unit: Residential detoxification and rehabilitation services for drug users: A review

DescriptionThis document reviews the existing evidence on residential detoxification and rehabilitation services for drug users and examines the way these services are being used in Scotland.
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Effective Interventions Unit:
Residential detoxification and rehabilitation services for drug users: A review

November 2004

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Contents

Executive Summary
Introduction
Chapter 1: Description of residential detoxification and rehabilitation
Chapter 2: Effectiveness of residential detoxification and rehabilitation
Chapter 3: Residential detoxification and rehabilitation services in Scotland
Chapter 4: Conclusions
Appendix 1: List of residential detoxification and rehabilitation services in Scotland
Appendix 2: Residential admissions, by DAAT area in 2002 - 2003 and 2003 - 2004
References

WHAT IS THE AIM?

To provide a brief review of the existing evidence on residential detoxification and rehabilitation services for drug users.

WHAT IS IN THIS REVIEW?
  • a definition of the aims of residential detoxification and rehabilitation services

  • a summary of the evidence on the effectiveness of those services

  • a list of residential services in Scotland

  • a description of the way in which residential services are being used in Scotland.

WHO SHOULD READ IT?

Anyone interested in commissioning, planning, developing or delivering services for drug users, and anyone interested in undertaking further research on residential services.

WHO PREPARED THE REVIEW?

Dawn Griesbach from the Effective Interventions Unit (EIU) conducted and wrote the review with assistance from Patricia Russell (EIU), Linsey Duff (EIU / Information Services, NHSScotland), Karin O'Brien (EIU), Chris Rich (EIU) and Sally Thompson (Scottish Executive Substance Misuse Division).

Scottish Executive Effective Interventions Unit

Remit

The Unit was set up in June 2000 to:

  • • Identify what is effective - and cost effective - practice in prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and availability and in addressing the needs of both the individual and the community.

  • • Disseminate effective practice based on sound evidence and evaluation to policy makers, DATs and practitioners.

  • • Support DATs and agencies to deliver effective practice by developing good practice guidelines, evaluation tools, criteria for funding, models of service; and by contributing to the implementation of effective practice through the DAT corporate planning cycle.

The views expressed in this review are those of the researchers and do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

Effective Interventions Unit
Substance Misuse Division
Scottish Executive
St Andrew's House
Edinburgh EH1 3DG
Tel: 0131 244 5117 Fax: 0131 244 3311
EIU@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
http://www.drugmisuse.isdscotland.org/eiu/eiu.htm

Scottish Executive Effective Interventions Unit Dissemination Policy

1. We will aim to disseminate the right material, to the right audience, in the right format, at the right time.

2. The unit will have an active dissemination style. It will be outward looking and interactive. Documents published or sent out by the unit will be easily accessible and written in plain

language.

3. All materials produced by the unit will be free of charge.

4. Material to be disseminated includes:

  • Research and its findings

  • Reports

  • Project descriptions and evaluations

  • Models of services

  • Evaluation tools and frameworks for practitioners, managers and commissioners.

5. Dissemination methods will be varied, and will be selected to reflect the required message, and the needs of the target audience.

These methods are:

  • Web-based - using the ISD website 'Drug misuse in Scotland' which can be found at: http://www.drugmisuse.isdscotland.org/eiu/eiu.htm

  • Published documents - which will be written in plain language, and designed to turn policy into practice.

  • Drug Action Team channels - recognising the central role of Drug Action Teams in developing effective practice.

  • Events - recognising that face-to-face communication can help develop effective practice.

  • Indirect dissemination - recognising that the Unit may not always be best placed to communicate directly with some sections of its audience.

6. This initial policy statement will be evaluated at six-monthly intervals to ensure that the Unit is reaching its key audiences and that its output continues to be relevant and to add value to the work of those in the field.