Can exploring natural recovery from substance misuse in psychosis assist with treatment? A review of current research

Rebgetz, Shane, Kavanagh, David J. and Hides, Leanne (2015) Can exploring natural recovery from substance misuse in psychosis assist with treatment? A review of current research. Addictive Behaviors, 46 106-112. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.03.006


Author Rebgetz, Shane
Kavanagh, David J.
Hides, Leanne
Title Can exploring natural recovery from substance misuse in psychosis assist with treatment? A review of current research
Journal name Addictive Behaviors   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-6327
0306-4603
Publication date 2015-06-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.03.006
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 46
Start page 106
End page 112
Total pages 7
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Substance misuse in people with psychosis presents significant problems, but trials of treatments to address it show little sustained advantage over control conditions. An examination of mechanisms underpinning unassisted improvements may assist in the refinement of comorbidity treatments. This study reviewed existing research on natural recovery from substance misuse in people with psychosis. To address this issue, a systematic search identified only 7 articles that fulfilled the criteria. Their results suggest that people with psychosis report similar reasons to change as do non-psychotic groups, although they did not clarify whether the relative frequencies or priority orders were the same. Differences involved issues relating to the disorder and the functional problems faced by this group: receipt of treatment for mental health difficulties, worsening of mental health difficulties, and homelessness. The current research on reasons for change in people with psychosis is sparse and has significant limitations, and as yet it offers little inspiration for new treatments. A more fertile source may prove to be a detailed investigation of successful substance control strategies that are used in self-management by this group.
Keyword Comorbidity
Natural recovery
Psychosis
Substance use
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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