I suspect that the methodology for measuring success was far too narrow. Focused entirely on crime, they missed a host of other gains from participation in treatment.
It seems to me that it’s entirely possible for one person to be lying, ambivalent, and in denial at the same time.
A criminal defense attorney complained to me that his clients didn’t begin to take things seriously until the second or even third offense.
This isn’t a problem a physician can deal with comfortably in the context of a 12-15 minute office visit.
Might be that clinicians can teach patients to activate their own body’s placebo response, in order to feel better.
It certainly makes sense that if you suffer from a major mental illness, you should stay away from pot.
As a rule, the more services that are provided through the program itself, rather than by referral out, the better the quality of case management, and the higher the rate of retention in treatment.