NIDA recently released a new online resource called the Therapeutic Communities Research Report. TCA worked closely with NIDA on the development of the report and is very pleased and excited about its release. Therapeutic Communities (TCs) are a common model of long-term residential treatment for substance use disorders. They have a recovery orientation, focusing on the whole person and overall lifestyle changes, not simply abstinence from drug use. This orientation acknowledges the chronic, relapsing nature of substance use disorders and holds the view that lapses are opportunities for learning. This Research Report discusses the approach, key components and effectiveness of TCs, how treatment is provided, and how TCs treat populations with special needs, including mental illness, homelessness, as well as for women and adolescents. It also addresses how TCs are integrated into the criminal justice system.
For more information on the Therapeutic Communities Research Report, go to: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/therapeutic-communities