About us

Therapeutic Solutions (Addictions) is a research-based expert grouping funded by ex-substance misuse service users who are currently in recovery. The objective is to enhance the effectiveness of substance misuse services through innovation, science and training. We aim to offer the addictions sector free access to the latest thinking to support clients in recovery. We provide support for clients’ recovery journeys through the use of node-link mapping and other techniques such as alcohol brief interventions and telephone-based counselling.

Our team

Our expert team of clinicians and researchers have also enhanced the scientific evidence-base in the substance misuse sector through published policy analysis and research on behalf of government departments and strategic bodies.

We have been developing cutting-edge research understanding the nature of organisational factors and their relationship to treatment outcomes. We have also undertaken bespoke strategic and operational needs assessments in both the community and criminal justice sectors.

Our services

Therapeutic Solutions (Addictions) aims to provide services to help substance misuse treatment providers and strategic leads to:

  • Provide cost-effective interventions to show evidence for recovery
  • Calibrate clients’ needs to services
  • Review and design an effective treatment system and processes
  • Understand the role organisational climate has in the functioning of treatment services
  • Model outcomes to support payment by results
  • Diagnose performance issues using National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) data

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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