Providing post-treatment support in an outpatient alcohol and other drug treatment context: a qualitative study of staff opinion

Pulford, Justin, Black, Stella, Wheeler, Amanada, Sheridan, Janie and Adams, Peter (2010) Providing post-treatment support in an outpatient alcohol and other drug treatment context: a qualitative study of staff opinion. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 8 3: 471-481. doi:10.1007/s11469-009-9218-0


Author Pulford, Justin
Black, Stella
Wheeler, Amanada
Sheridan, Janie
Adams, Peter
Title Providing post-treatment support in an outpatient alcohol and other drug treatment context: a qualitative study of staff opinion
Journal name International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1557-1874
1557-1882
Publication date 2010-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11469-009-9218-0
Volume 8
Issue 3
Start page 471
End page 481
Total pages 11
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper examines the post-treatment support practices, attitudes and preferences of outpatient alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment staff as well as perceived barriers to implementing a post-treatment support service in an outpatient AOD treatment context. Data were collected via semi-structured interview and group discussion (n = 23). Findings suggest that post-treatment support was rarely provided by participating AOD treatment staff or their respective services. However, there was widespread support for implementing such services, and it was generally believed that implementation would be most successful if: multiple post-treatment support options were made available; if one or more of these options were based on the maintenance of an established client/clinician relationship; and if one of the options involved proactive (service-led) telephone support. A number of barriers to possible implementation were identified, although none were considered insurmountable.
Keyword Aftercare
Substance abuse
Substance abuse treatment
Qualitative research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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