Health and Social Work

Short-term Care and Prevention of Addiction

The team’s work in the field of Care and Prevention of Addiction is aimed at the professionalization of people who work in this field.

Our research contributes to the development of tools with a view to enhancing communication with at-risk groups. By doing this we try to extend the reach of care and prevention methods, to contribute to the development of  new methods and to increase the effectiveness of available methods in practice. An important aspect of our work is to study the personal characteristics and experience-based expertise of people working in prevention.

Addiction problems 

Addiction and addictive behaviour is a big problem all over the world. In The Netherlands an estimated 10-15 percent of the inhabitants is involved in some degree with addiction problems or substance abuse. In most of the cases risky use of alcohol causes these problems. Especially younger people under 25 years old and elderly people above 55 years old are at risk because of their risky drinking habits. Youngsters are often binge drinkers, while the elderly in this group are frequent drinkers.

Key research questions include:

  • Which methods and key messages are useful to reach at-risk groups (especially youngsters and elderly people)?
  • How to improve the communication and contact between professional and clients/prevention target groups? With an emphasis on motivational interviewing and experience-based tools
  • How to improve the social and physical environment of at-risk groups as a contribution to prevention of addiction?

The pulpit of Short-term Care and Prevention of Addiction has an expertise centre of Motivational Interviewing, together with the University of Applied Sciences of Amsterdam
The pulpit also collaborates with the VU University Amsterdam in the field of experience-based treatment.
In the field of higher education we investigate preventive interventions and other measures to improve the mental health of students during their student career in order to limit study delay and drop-out rates.
Finally, we are a founder and work together with Public Health Organizations and addiction care centres in every Dutch region and also with many municipalities in the big Alcohol Prevention project “IkPas, 30 or 40 days without alcohol”.