Mandatory alcohol and drug treatment: What is it and does it work?
May 17, 2019
The Drug Policy Modelling Program have recently released a research bulletin called “Mandatory alcohol and drug treatment: What is it and does it work?”
The bulletin provides an overview of the various models of mandatory treatment currently used in Australia and internationally. In Australia, mandatory treatment referrals are mostly made through the criminal justice system, for example compulsory prison-based treatment, court-mandated treatment and drug courts. However some states also have “civil commitment” for people who are assessed as being at extreme risk of harming themselves or others, and whose decision-making capacity is considered to be compromised due to substance use.
The researchers summarise the evidence base for each of these models and assess the effectiveness of the different types in addressing alcohol and other drug problems.