Understanding Recovery

Reshaping Recovery Services

Therapeutic Solutions (Addictions) has worked with commissioners and providers in the community and in custodial settings to reshape their service provision using a range of innovative and contemporary evidence-based techniques.

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Node-Link Mapping

We have worked closely with a range of partners to develop the science and theory underpinning use of node-link mapping techniques. We have helped develop manuals for adult and children and young people’s services. An academic paper reviewing use of mapping was also published in 2015 with Dr Ed Day in the journal Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy.

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Peer Mentoring and Telephone-Based Counselling

We have undertaken a series of projects examining the use of peer mentors, mutual aid and telephone-based adaptive counselling (with Professor David Best from Sheffield Hallam University).

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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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