International flavour to treatment systems workshop

Posted on: Wednesday, 22 June 2011

A treatment systems workshop was recently held as part of the Kettil Bruun Meeting.

The workshop was attended by 18 researchers from 11 countries, including Kenya, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Australia.

The workshop was convened by Dr Lynda Berends, from Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre and Dr Kerstin Stenius, from the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD) at Stockholm University.

After opening with discussion about treatment systems research from a general perspective, themes on the agenda included system designs, specific interventions, treatment monitoring and outcomes. 

More specifically, the following issues were among those raised in the April meeting:

• What happens to treatment investment targeting alcohol problems when planning includes other drugs

• Drugs are there for alcohol problems but why don’t practitioners use them?

• What is treatment success? Different outcomes matter for different people. A combined (holistic) approach is more acceptable for illicit drugs rather than alcohol

Workshop participants hope that the international perspective on alcohol and other drug systems will facilitate knowledge sharing and collaborative research to inform system development.