Is it really more treatment or ’better methods’ that we need?
2008 (English)Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
After years of relative neglect addiction care and treatment has, during the new millennium, again come to the attention of authorities and policy makers in Sweden. To a large part, this new interest has taken the form of developing addiction care into an “evidence-based practice” by the implementation of scientifically underpinned treatment methods. Another part has been the allocation of special resources to increase the use of coercive care. Based on results from topical research on the state-of-art of the Swedish addiction care system, and on “self-change” from various forms of addiction problems, the presentation will argue that neither “more resources” nor “better methods” are necessarily what is most urgently needed to develop more responsive and better-working means to counter addiction problems in Sweden. Among topics that will be discussed in the presentation is the “revolving-door” character of the present care system, why the majority of problem substance users refrain from seeking contact with the system, and some problems attached to the EBP concept as a basis for addiction care. As an alternative, the presentation will point to the need for broader and more flexible social strategies to counter addiction problems.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-18662OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-18662DiVA: diva2:185185
Presentation vid konferensen Wieviel Therapie braucht der Mensch? Behandlungsnachfrage und Behandlungsbarrieren. Alkoholismus Therapieforschung Schweiz (atf Schweiz). Bern, 2008-11-272009-01-262009-01-26Bibliographically approved