8 comments on “Graeme Burton – untreated drug addict set up to fail

  1. Another great post.

    The internet is designed for linking to references. I suppose they’re in your book, but it would be nice if they were here too so your blog posts could support themselves.


  2. Personally, I don’t provide treatment – either in prison or in the community.What I do is assess people to try and determine their needs and make recommendations accordingly. The point is that without an assessment there will be no treatment – and that’s what was missed with Graeme Burton.

    I have already indicated what treatment I thought Graeme Burton should have got – long term treatment at a residential centre. If you want to know what model of treatment they provide, that’s another discussion.


  3. It depends where he went for treatment. At Moana House in Dunedin he would attend: group therapy, work skills training, daily living skills and organisational skills. Many rehabs utilise the therapeutic community (TC) model for the treatment of drug abuse and addiction. In general, TCs are drug-free residential settings that use a hierarchical model with treatment stages that reflect increased levels of personal and social responsibility. Peer influence, mediated through a variety of group processes, is used to help individuals learn and assimilate social norms and develop more effective social skills.

    TCs differ from other treatment approaches principally in their use of the community, comprising treatment staff and those in recovery, as key agents of change. This approach is often referred to as “community as method.” TC members interact in structured and unstructured ways to influence attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors associated with drug use.


  4. Burton should have received treatment in prison followed by aftercare in the community. Research published in the 1990’s by psychologist Dr. Harry K. Wexler, a leader in prison reform in the US, found that prison-based substance abuse is effective – if combined with aftercare – and leads to major reductions in recidivism. His 1999 study involving 478 prisoners at a state prison near San Diego, California found that after three years, only 27 percent of the prisoners involved the prison’s drug treatment program with aftercare returned to prison, compared to a recidivism rate of 75 percent for those not involved in the treatment program.


  5. Hi. Please re release this post via the media. It’s the most informative and compelling piece I’ve read on Burton. Timely given the “anniversary ” the media are going on about.
    Biggest issue here is that there are another 100 potential Burton’s in the wings right now……


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