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Coerced Treatment for Drug Addiction Less Successful

A new British study discovered the proportion of drug users who completed treatment for drug addiction decreased between 1998 and 2002. However, more drug users entered treatment during the time period studied.

According to researchers the findings show that drug users were more likely to drop out of treatment if they had been coerced into it by the criminal justice system than if they had entered by other routes.

The study of the outcome of treatment for drug addiction is published today in the open access journal BMC Public Health.

The authors of the study conclude that efforts to make treatment for drug addiction more accessible have succeeded in getting more people into treatment, but the impact of coercive measures to push drug users into treatment needs further consideration. They write: “recent measures to increase drug treatment participation have speeded up a revolving door both into and out of treatment”.

Dr. Caryl Beynon and colleagues from Liverpool John Moores University in Liverpool, UK, analysed the records of 26,415 anonymous drug users who had entered treatment for drug addiction between 1997 and 2004 in Cheshire and Merseyside, England, UK.

The results of Beynon et al.’s study show that the proportion of individuals who dropped out of treatment increased from 7.2% in 1998 to 9.6% in 2002. Individuals coerced into treatment by the criminal justice system were more likely to drop out of treatment than those referred through other routes.

The proportion of drug users who successfully completed treatment decreased from 5.8% in 1998 to 3.5% in 2002, but the proportion of drug users who came back to start treatment again after dropping out of treatment increased from 22.9% in 1998 to 48.6% in 2002.

Source: BioMed Central

Coerced Treatment for Drug Addiction Less Successful

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Coerced Treatment for Drug Addiction Less Successful. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 20, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2006/08/11/coerced-treatment-for-drug-addiction-less-successful/173.html

 

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