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When a push is not a shove: assertive care, Dutch‐style

Diana Roeg (University of Tilburg, The Netherlands)
Ien van de Goor (University of Tilburg, The Netherlands)
Henk Garretsen (University of Tilburg, The Netherlands)

Drugs and Alcohol Today

ISSN: 1745-9265

Article publication date: 1 July 2004



The Dutch are not afraid of getting their hands dirty in order to get things done. Faced with increasing numbers of chaotic drug users with little hope or inclination of contacting services, Dutch treatment services have developed a controversial way of getting normally out‐of‐reach clients into care. Based on a treatment model for care in the community patients, drug and alcohol services are resorting to ‘friendly’ persuasion to get people the help they need. This is a historical perspective on ‘interferential’ care and how it can be applied to treatment in the substance misuse field.


Roeg, D., van de Goor, I. and Garretsen, H. (2004), "When a push is not a shove: assertive care, Dutch‐style", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 26-32.



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