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Dwyer, David (2015) Examining the outcomes, variables, factors and experiences influencing recovery for participants in an abstinence-based residential intervention for drug and alcohol addiction.


The mixed-methods study seeks to examine the outcomes of Aiseiri’s abstinence-based residential addiction treatment intervention for adults as well as exploring the factors associated with the process of recovery. Key research objectives include examining outcomes across a range of measures; understanding the role of recovery capital in recovery pathways; the relationship between addiction treatment and desistance from crime; and how recovery and treatment is mediated by a range of individual and social variables.

There has only been one empirical study of Aiseiri’s addiction treatment service to date which was over twenty years ago (Leane and Powell, 1994). It would appear that few, if any, empirical studies have examined treatment outcomes specific to the Minnesota Model in Ireland. It is hoped that the current study will result in the delivery of a more effective service as well as contributing to the literature in the relevant fields of addiction, treatment and recovery.

The quantitative element of the project utilises the Treatment Outcomes Profile, the World Health Organisation Quality of Life questionnaire as well as demographic data from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System. A fourth and novel instrument will measure levels of self-control, stress, anxiety and depression as well as recovery capital. Data sweeps will take place at baseline, 6, 12 and 18 months.

 

The qualitative element of the study will conduct 22 in-depth interviews initially focusing broadly on substance use history, treatment experiences, recovery and life after treatment. Thematic analysis from these interviews will inform the interview schedule for subsequent follow-up rounds of interviews which will take place at 6-month intervals for the duration of the project.

This project received ethical clearance in January 2015 from Waterford Institute of Technology and began data collection in June 2015.

Start Date:15 January 2015
End Date:4 January 2018
Research Status:In Progress
Funding/Commissioning:Irish Research Council (Funding Body)
Dissemination Method:Peer-reviewed Paper, Thesis or Dissertation
Quantitative Method:Longitudinal study, Survey (face-to-face)
Qualitative Method:Interview (in-depth)
Item Type:Research Project
Notes:Supervisors: Dr. Niamh Maguire and Dr. John O' Brien.
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence of drugs and alcohol use > Problem drugs and alcohol use
A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence of drugs and alcohol use > Drugs and alcohol use behaviour > Drugs and alcohol abstinence
A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Natural history of drugs and alcohol use > Drugs and alcohol recovery
G Health and disease > State of health > Physical health
G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
HJ Treatment method
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Residential facility
L Social psychology and related concepts > Social psychology
L Social psychology and related concepts > Quality of life
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Sociology and anthropology
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on drugs and alcohol
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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