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Behavioural activation

Behavioural activation focuses on activity scheduling to encourage patients to approach rewarding activities as a means to overcoming symptoms of depression.


Computer-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Computer based CBT is an acceptable and affordable method of delivering CBT. It is particularly effective for the treatment of anxiety and depression.


Contingency management - blood borne viruses (BBV)

Contingency management programmes can be used to incentivise service users to undertake and complete testing for hepatitis B/C and HIV, and hepatitis B immunisation.


Counselling (registered/accredited)

Counselling by a registered and accredited counsellor, exploring any difficulties, distress, dissatisfaction, or loss of a sense of direction experienced by a service user.


Family support

Family support is a collection of therapeutic approaches aimed at supporting the family and friends of service users.


Guided self help for common mental health problems

A method of delivering cognitive-behavioural therapy for depression and anxiety in which clients are directed to text or online resources to work through their problems.


Injectable opioid treatment (IOT)

The prescribing of injectable opioids – most commonly injectable diamorphine or methadone – as substitute treatment for opiate (usually heroin) dependency.


Inpatient assessment and stabilisation

High level medical assessment of severe or complex substance use, mental health, physical health and social problems, and titration and stabilisation on opioid substitute therapy.


Keywork interventions in (phase 2) Preparation

Interventions focussed on: refining treatment goals and preparing for change.



Care planning and case management activities to determine and monitor appropriate interventions, and maintain recovery momentum and safety in treatment.

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Medically assisted recovery

Covers a broad range of medical interventions that may treat or ameliorate drug dependence and associated problems.


Mutual aid

Peer groups (most commonly 12-Step) in which members are both recipients and providers of support to achieve common goals.


Opioid substitute treatment (OST)

The prescribing of opioid substitute medication to dependent heroin and other opiate-users as part of a package of treatment interventions including psychosocial.


Relaxation techniques

Relaxation techniques are helpful tools for coping with stress.


Specific physical health interventions

This involves managing specific physical health problems, these commonly include hepatitis C, wound care.