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The drug treatment outcomes research study (DTORS): final outcomes report: 3rd edition

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Series: Research report; 24

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Author(s): Jones, Andrew; Donmall, Michael; Millar, Tim

Publisher: Home Office

Published: December 2009

Subjects: Substance Misuse

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Abstract

This report summarises follow-up data from the drug treatment outcomes research study (DTORS), a longitudinal study that explores the outcomes of drug treatment in England. The overriding finding is that treatment reduces the harmful behaviours that are associated with problem drug use. The majority of treatment seekers received care coordinated treatment, expressed satisfaction with their care, were retained in treatment beyond three months, reported significant and substantial reductions in drug use and offending, and improvements in mental well-being and social functioning. The majority of treatment seekers reported significant reductions in drug use and, where applicable, offending. Where comparable, the positive DTORS outcomes are equivalent to, or better than, those observed a decade ago by the national treatment outcome research study, the previous national outcomes study. Alongside the fact that the number of people in contact with treatment services has more than doubled over the last decade, this suggests that the drug-treatment system has been responding effectively by increasing numbers in treatment and improving treatment effectiveness.

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