Mental Health Support Workers Recovery Perceptions and Positive Risk-Taking Approaches Related to Service-Users with a Dual Diagnosis

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Abstract

Twenty-nine mental health support workers took part in an online- survey consisting of a vignette and scenarios to elicit information regarding their recovery perceptions and positive-risk taking approaches related to service-users with dual-diagnoses of mental illness and substance use disorder. Reflexive thematic analysis was used to analyze the survey-responses. Although the participants emphasized some aspects aligning with the recommended “recovery- oriented practice” approach, there was an overemphasis on reduced substance-use, aversive and overprotective approaches to positive risk-taking and a lack of emphasis on hope and the service-users’ strengths and abilities. It was concluded that there is a continuing need to implement recovery-oriented practice within mental health services.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2234307
Number of pages24
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Volume00
Issue number00
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2023

Keywords

  • Dual diagnosis
  • substance use disorder
  • mental illness
  • recovery-oriented practice
  • positive risk-taking
  • mental health support worker

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