Although the Substance Misuse Skills Consortium and the resources in the Skills Hub initially focused on drug treatment, alcohol treatment is very much a part of the Skills Consortium’s work.
A dedicated workgroup (a subgroup of the Skills Consortium Executive Committee, plus additional co-opted experts from the field) is looking at ways in which the Skills Hub can be developed – and alcohol treatment is a priority.
In the meantime there are a number of alcohol and alcohol treatment resources that are available online.
Firstly, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has developed a whole series of guidance and resources on alcohol treatment, including:
NICE recommends that clinical guideline 115 should be read alongside:
NICE have also recently published a new quality standard for alcohol:
Other key alcohol treatment publications include:
For more resources on alcohol and alcohol treatment, see the Alcohol Learning Centre’s website, particularly:
- The Topics and Resources section, where you'll find resources including documents and useful links, and
- The e-Learning/Training section, where you’ll find training resources for healthcare and social care professionals
Other websites that contain information and resources around alcohol and alcohol treatment include:
Skills for Health also hold role profiles for those working in the alcohol treatment field. They “have been designed to provide a structured approach to developing relevant, transferable and nationally endorsed roles that can be used across different locations and services, with the flexibility to add locally relevant competences where required.” They can be found on the Skills for Health Alcohol and Drugs page.
There are also a number of resources already available on the Skills Hub that deal with both drug and alcohol use, covering a range of interventions. These are listed below:
- New developments in preventing relapse for drug and alcohol dependent adults [Hill, RG, Harris J, Cloherty M, Cooper W, Graham JS, & Wanigaratne S, 2009] (relapse prevention: manual – a compendium of psychological therapies)
- Community reinforcement for drug and alcohol users [Meyers RJ & Squires DD, 2001] (community reinforcement approach: manual)
- Behavioral couples therapy for alcoholism and drug abuse. New York [O'Farrell TJ & Fals-Stewart W, 2006] (behavioural couples therapy: manual)
- The family focus toolkit: a resource kit for family work in the alcohol and other drug sector [EDAS, 2010] (family support: manual)
- Roles and responsibilities of doctors in the provision of treatment for drug and alcohol misusers [RCPsych & RCGP, 2005] (medically assisted recovery/opioid substitute treatment: competencies/training)
- Inpatient treatment of drug and alcohol misusers in the National Health Service [SCAN, 2006] (inpatient detoxification/inpatient assessment and stabilisation: manual/training)
- Models of residential rehabilitation for drug and alcohol misusers [NTA, 2006] (residential and community rehabilitation: guidance/manual)