Purpose – This review aims to discuss the planning, implementation and evaluation of a 24‐session alcohol and drug group for eight service users, based on the Behavioural Treatment for Substance Abuse in Severe and Persistent Mental Illness Model (BTSAS), delivered by a group of multi‐disciplinary staff in a medium secure forensic setting. Design/methodology/approach – Evaluation tools were completed pre‐ and post‐group to measure attendee outcomes and perceptions of their group experience. Findings – The group programme was well received, although adaptations to meet specific medium‐secure needs will be required for future group work. Practical implications – The development and implementation of the group has raised awareness within the medium‐secure setting, facilitating a less punitive and more collaborative response. Originality/value – The paper highlights interventions to support the medium‐secure setting to develop a more pragmatic bespoke response to meet alcohol and drug needs.
Advances in Dual Diagnosis – Emerald Publishing
Published: Nov 17, 2011
Keywords: Forensic; Secure; Inpatient; Mentally disordered offenders; Substance misuse; Alcohol; Drugs; Group work; Dual diagnosis