About Therapeutic Solutions

Therapeutic Solutions (Addictions) aims to enhance the effectiveness of substance misuse services through innovation, science and training.

Therapeutic Solutions (Addictions) offers a range of analytical, research and evaluation expertise across substance misuse, mental health and criminal justice settings. We have produced over 100 reports since 2006 that covers health needs assessments, bespoke evaluations and service reviews alongside a number of key peer-reviewed papers.

Our work also received an award from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse in 2015.

Latest Projects

Therapeutic Solutions (Addictions) have been commissioned by Public Health England in partnership with the Ministry of Justice to undertake a national study examining the reconviction rates of prisoners exposed to alcohol-only treatment in prison and who leave during 2013-14 compared to a sample of prisoners with ‘similar’ characteristics who have not received treatment (and who do not have an alcohol use disorder) using a statistical method called Propensity Score Matching. The study will report in Spring 2018.

We are working on a Public Health England funded project with Professor David Best at Sheffield Hallam University to create a telephone-based manual aimed at supporting individuals on probation with their recovery journey. The cognitive-based tool is due to publication in early 2018.

We have been funded by Northamptonshire County Council and CGL to help develop new assessment tools for opiate users in treatment. We have recently completed an analysis of nearly 800 service users using a specialised assessment tool (the Addiction Dimensions for Assessment and Personalised Treatment). Findings from this project are due for publication in early 2018.

We undertake cutting edge research, evaluations and assessments of need
Mental Health

We have recently completed a study examining the use of Section 136 under the 1983 Mental Health Act for Health in London and Justice (London) part of NHS England.

Recovery Services

We have offered a range of services to support the development of recovery services across the substance misuse sector including a number of reports and academic peer-reviewed papers. We have a paper written in partnership with Birmingham University on influences to 12-Step mutual self-help groups published in the European Addiction Research in September 2014.

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Our Services

We have developed a range of analytical and methodological approaches aimed at understanding the health and substance misuse needs of individuals including extensive interviews with a cross-section of service users in contact with healthcare and other related services. We have also worked to develop methods aimed at understanding the nuances of prisoner satisfaction of clinical services received. Our paper testing use of SERVQUAL as a mechanism for understanding ‘real’ satisfaction rates has been published here.

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Studies and Assessments

We have undertaken over 50 health and substance misuse specific needs assessments since 2006. These have included studies across community settings and across the criminal justice system (including detainee needs in police custody; service users in contact with Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) and prisoners in contact with health services in secure settings).

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