Therapeutic relationships and meeting needs at heart of treatment process

Marsh J.C., Shin H-C, Cao D. ‘Gender differences in client-provider relationship as active ingredient in substance abuse treatmen’. Evaluation and Program Planning: 2010, 33(2), p. 81–90.

From the comprehensive treatment process data collected by a major national US study emerges the important lesson that retention in itself is not an active ingredient in post-treatment outcomes but reflects influences such having one’s needs met (especially important for women) and developing a good relationship with the service and your key worker.