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Talking therapies for people with problematic substance use

The treatment experience of people with addiction-related problems is influenced by a multitude of factors including their health, the quality of their relationships, the nature of their addiction, and the quality of the treatment interventions provided to them. A common determinant of a positive treatment experience is the quality of the therapeutic relationship with the practitioners involved in the enhancement of the person’s well-being. The emphasis on engagement in Section 2 of this guide is a welcome reminder that effective engagement, including practitioner attitude and ability, is a crucial element in treatment retention.

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