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Implementing evidence-based psychological substance misuse interventions in a high secure prison based personality disorder treatment service

Alice Bennett ( Westgate Unit (HMP Frankland) Durham United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland )
Melanie Hunter ( Westgate Unit (HMP Frankland) Durham United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland )

Advances in Dual Diagnosis

ISSN: 1757-0972

Article publication date: 2 July 2016

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to describe: the need for substance misuse treatment with high risk, personality disordered prisoners, and the implementation of two evidence-based psychological interventions aimed at addressing substance misuse within a high secure, personality disorder treatment unit and potential future evaluation options.

Design/methodology/approach

In addition to the literature base evidencing the need for substance misuse treatment with this population, the Iceberg and ‘InsideOut’ interventions are presented. These interventions adopt a risk reduction and health intervention approach respectively. This includes explanations of how they came to be implemented within a prison based personality disorder treatment service and potential ways to evaluate these services.

Findings

Evidence-based psychological interventions can be implemented for this population whilst being responsive to changing government priorities for substance misuse treatment. The organisation’s research strategy includes an intention to evaluate these interventions in order to inform future delivery.

Practical implications

The high levels of co-morbidity between personality disorder and substance misuse disorders in the high security prison estate highlights the need for substance related treatment for this population. Given the responsivity issues relevant to personality disordered offenders, the format of delivery of evidence-based psychological interventions has to be considered.

Originality/value

This paper discusses the application of evidence-based psychological interventions for substance use within a high secure, personality disordered population which has developed as a result of ministerial changes within the treatment of both substance misuse and personality disorder.

Citation

Bennett, A. and Hunter, M. (2016), "Implementing evidence-based psychological substance misuse interventions in a high secure prison based personality disorder treatment service", Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Vol. 9 No. 2/3. https://doi.org/10.1108/ADD-02-2016-0002

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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