Drug and alcohol workers’ view of positive psychology in the treatment of coexisting problems

Ujhelyi Gomez, Katalin, Carson, Jerome ORCID: 0000-0002-7596-116X, Brown, G ORCID: 0000-0002-0226-9818 and Holland, Mark (2019) Drug and alcohol workers’ view of positive psychology in the treatment of coexisting problems. Advances in Dual Diagnosis, 12 (3). pp. 145-160. ISSN 1757-0972

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Purpose - Positive psychology interventions have been suggested to be beneficial in the treatment of dual diagnosis. This exploratory study investigated the perspective of psychosocial intervention workers to explore the potential of a positive strengthsbased approach in dual diagnosis recovery. Design/methodology/approach - A qualitative approach was employed with psychosocial intervention workers who attended and observed a positive intervention delivered to dual diagnosis clients. A focus group explored what these practitioners are already doing that resembles positive psychology and their opinion regarding the utility of such interventions in recovery. Findings - Findings revealed that practitioners were already engaging in positive practice, however, randomly and infrequently with limited impact. Although this new approach was found valuable, potential challenges were identified and a possible discrepancy between staff views of clients and clients’ views of themselves in terms of their potential was detected. Research limitations – The study involved a small and homogeneous sample. Further research is necessary to investigate staff views and ways of integrating positive psychology with traditional treatment. Practical implications - Rather than merely attending to the psychological problems and dealing with symptoms, it is also necessary to directly target well-being to enable people to flourish with consideration of their readiness to change. Originality/value - Addressing a gap in the literature, the present study explored positive themes in current practice and forms part of the evaluation of a newly developed strengths-based approach for individuals with coexisting problems.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2019 07:53
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2019 07:23
Identification Number: 10.1108/ADD-02-2019-0002
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2342

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