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The treatment response: Systemic features, paradigms and socio-cultural frameworks
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1757-9974
Bern University of the Arts in communication design.
2016 (English)In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies Volume 1: Social Science Approaches / [ed] Torsten Kolind, Betsy Thom, Geoffrey Hunt, London: SAGE Publications Ltd , 2016, 1, 260-286 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
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Chapter abstract

Following some introductory notes on addiction treatment management as a specific case of societies’ response to deviant behaviours and social problems, an overview of the theoretical classifications and dimensions of addiction treatment systems is presented. The anti-thesis to these ideal-type system concepts is represented by the market New Public Management model oriented towards outcomes, regardless of the nature and organizational features of addiction interventions. As complementary to these general theoretical orientations, this serves as a review of specific issues concerning ‘a combined and integrated approach versus a specialized and segregated approach’, ‘the quest for the best treatment modalities’, ‘empirical and ethical aspects of coercion in treatment’ and ‘the relevance of user needs and orientation’. The empirical part begins by highlighting the ‘expert survey‘, ‘case study‘ and dynamic diffusion‘  approaches as treatment mapping strategies and informs on some key results, e.g. from the WHO Atlas –SU survey and the International Studies in the Development of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Systems. Results from an expert survey from fourteen countries conducted in 2014 illustrate the role of general political changes, efforts to control treatment systems, integration dynamics, the treatment gap and changing outcome criteria with concrete current examples. The conclusions point to the relative importance of professional addiction interventions drawing upon self-change research and the role of alternative lay help and outline factors in impeding system changes.

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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.

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London: SAGE Publications Ltd , 2016, 1. 260-286 p.
Keyword [en]
Addiction treatment system, responses to substance use problems, new public management, organizational change, marketization, social control, evidence-based practices, self-change
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-135315DOI: 10.4135/9781473921986ISBN: 978-1-4462-9866-4 (print); 9781473921986 (online)OAI: diva2:1044425
Fördelar, spänningar och motsägelsefulla incitament i välfärdssystemet: New Public Management i svensk missbruks- och beroendevårdIndividens ställning i missbruks- och beroendevården - en studie av brukarinflytande i praktiken
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P14-0985Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-01006
Available from: 2016-11-03 Created: 2016-11-03 Last updated: 2016-11-23

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