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Mayock, Paula and Butler, Shane and Hoey, Daniel (2018) “Just maintaining the status quo”? The experience of long-term participants in methadone maintenance treatment. Dublin: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Drug and Alcohol Task Force.

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This publication documents the findings to emerge from a qualitative study that examined the experiences of long-term clients of methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area of South Dublin. The research was conducted against a backdrop of clear evidence throughout Europe, including in Ireland, of an ageing drug treatment population. Internationally, recognition of the health and social needs of individuals who are long-term participants in drug treatment is growing but research is only beginning to examine the complexities of being an older person who has been using drugs and/or accessing treatment for a prolonged period. This is the first study in the Irish context to specifically address the experiences of individuals who are long-term clients of MMT.

Chapters:
1. Long-term participation in methadone maintenance treatment: an introduction to the study p.13
2. Reviewing the evolution of policy on methadone maintenance treatment and its management by healthcare systems p.23
3. Research methods p.33
4. Sample profile p.39
5. The experience of methadone maintenance treatment p.47
6. Social reintegration and the management of stigma p.65
7. Methadone, health and the meaning of ‘recovery’ p.83
8. Discussion and conclusions p.101


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