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With contributions from leading international academics across the social sciences, this accessible takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 39 chapters are divided into three parts: Part I Central Social Science Theories Drug and Alcohol Studies Part II Pillars in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies Part III Controversies and New Approaches in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community.

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

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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