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The motivation-readiness factor in drug treatment implications for research and policy

Emergent Issues in the Field of Drug Abuse

ISBN: 978-0-76230-537-7, eISBN: 978-1-84950-033-3

ISSN: 1057-6290

Publication date: 27 December 1999

Abstract

This chapter summarizes findings and conclusions from recent studies exploring the role of motivation-readiness factors in drug abuse treatment. The research focuses on populations entering drug treatment, particularly therapeutic community programs in community- and prison-based settings. However, findings from studies in other modalities and from samples not entering treatment are also discussed. Issues addressed include (1) the nature of the motivational concept in recovery, (2) motivation as a variable affecting treatment retention and outcomes, (3) motivation in the treatment process, (4) differences in motivation across treatment populations and modalities, (5) client correlates of motivation, and (6) motivational enhancement. Conclusions highlight the critical role of motivation-readiness factors in understanding treatment-seeking, retention, and outcomes. Key implications are discussed for research, theory, treatment practice, and health care policy. These implications underscore issues relating to the interaction of motivation and treatment processes, the interaction of motivation and treatment demands, differences in motivation among special populations, client correlates of motivation, and self-selection and study designs.

Citation

De Leon, G., Melnick, G. and Hawke, J. (1999), "The motivation-readiness factor in drug treatment implications for research and policy", Levy, J.A., Stephens, R.C. and McBride, D.C. (Ed.) Emergent Issues in the Field of Drug Abuse (Advances in Medical Sociology, Vol. 7), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 103-129. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1057-6290(00)80006-6

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