Whilst the evidence for the efficacy of treatment interventions for individuals with dual diagnosis has been developing in recent decades, little is known about individual perceptions and the personal benefits of attending integrated treatment programmes within this population group. A qualitative methodology, Interpretive phenomenological analysis, was used to investigate the experiences of individuals with a range of complex mental health and coexisting substance misuse problems who took part in a psychoeducational group (PEG) programme. This comprised of social support and therapeutic peer group relationship facilitation. Semi‐structured interviews were undertaken with 15 service users who successfully participated in this treatment programme. Findings identify the complexity of the therapeutic process and understanding of the treatment from the service users perspective. This included the importance of forming meaningful therapeutic relationships as an influential factor in countering a range of distressing and incompatible environmental and situational stressors, such as self‐regulatory control, self‐awareness of a need for change and the importance of integrated treatment in reducing the sense of stigma and exclusion linked with using mental health services. The study findings support the use of integrated treatment programmes in mental health services with a dual diagnosis population group.
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing – Wiley
Published: Jun 1, 2020
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