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

Katalin Ujhelyi Gomez (School of Education and Psychology, University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)
Jerome Carson (School of Education and Psychology, University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)
Gill Brown (School of Education and Psychology, University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)
Mark Holland (Manchester Dual Diagnosis Liaison Service, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK)

Advances in Dual Diagnosis

ISSN: 1757-0972

Publication date: 8 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Positive psychology (PP) interventions have been suggested to be beneficial in the treatment of dual diagnosis (DD). The purpose of this paper is to investigate the perspective of psychosocial intervention (PSI) workers to explore the potential of a positive strengths-based approach in DD recovery.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative approach was employed with PSI workers who attended and observed a positive intervention delivered to DD clients. A focus group explored what these practitioners are already doing that resembles PP 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/implications

The study involved a small and homogeneous sample. Further research is necessary to investigate staff views and ways of integrating PP 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.

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Citation

Ujhelyi Gomez, K., Carson, J., Brown, G. and Holland, M. (2019), "Drug and alcohol workers’ view of positive psychology in the treatment of coexisting problems", Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 145-160. https://doi.org/10.1108/ADD-02-2019-0002

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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