National Institute on Drug Abuse Publishes TASC Research: Recovery­ Oriented Care for Drug ­Abusing Offenders

(Washington, D.C.) — A recovery­ oriented system of care for drug­ abusing criminal offenders is one that provides for continuity of treatment, using evidence ­based interventions at every stage as clients progress through the justice system.

The National Institute for Drug Abuse has recognized the importance of this model and published the TASC case for a recovery oriented system in its latest issue of NIDA Addiction Science & Clinical Practice.

TASC authors Melody Heaps, Arthur Lurigio, Pamela Rodriguez, Thomas Lyons, and Laura Brookes explain how TASC has partnered with criminal justice and drug treatment programs in Illinois to establish a basic recovery ­oriented system, with programs that span pre­adjudication, probation or incarceration, and parole.

Read the full article and the peer response from Douglas McDonald, Ph.D.; Sally J. Stevens, Ph.D.; and Shiela Strauss, Ph.D.

Commenting on the TASC article, Steven’s wrote: “(Heaps et al., 2009) calls attention to the overwhelming need for a systems approach to substance abuse among criminal offenders. Although individual research projects and treatment programs can address particular types of problems, only a systems approach can effectively address the larger picture.”

And Strauss noted: “A tripartite system consisting of criminal justice, screening and referral, and treatment services provides a sensible division of labor.”

We’re on to something at TASC.

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