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Morten Hesse, Birgitte Thylstrup & Anette Sgaard Nielsen

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 16: Matching Patients to Treatments or Matching Interventions to Needs?

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Matching Patients to Treatments or Matching Interventions to Needs?
Matching patients to treatments or matching interventions to needs?
Morten HesseBirgitte ThylstrupAnette Sgaard Nielsen
Introduction

Although recovery from alcohol and drug abuse and dependence without formal treatment is quite common (Cunningham and Breslin, 2004), some patients may benefit from treatment interventions. First, early identification and intervention may reduce harm to oneself and others. Second, offering qualified treatment options seems relevant if some patients have tried to change alcohol or drug habits on their own several times without success.

Although some treatments have shown to be ineffective in the long-term (Roth and Fonagy, 1998), there is still no treatment that is known to be superior to other kinds of treatment for any type of substance use disorder (SUD). This has ...

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