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Title: Narratives of recovery in people with coexisting mental health and alcohol misuse difficulties
Author: Stott, Andrew
ISNI:       0000 0004 7225 9417
Awarding Body: Staffordshire University & Keele University
Current Institution: Staffordshire University
Date of Award: 2017
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People with coexisting substance misuse and mental health difficulties are multiply disadvantaged, through trauma, stigma, and fragmented services. This thesis explores the experiences of recovery of this population in order to inform more effective service responses. Paper One is a review of the literature on how people with coexisting substance misuse and mental health difficulties experience recovery. A thematic synthesis of the findings shows that people follow varied paths to recovery, with personal growth, social relationships, mental health and substance misuse services, peer support and material security all playing a role. Paper Two is an empirical paper which explores the recovery narratives of people with coexisting mental health and alcohol misuse difficulties, and the role of mental health and substance misuse services in these narratives. A narrative analysis of ten interviews is undertaken and shared subplots are identified. The recovery journey is presented in terms of three broad phases, and the influence of cultural and community narratives are discussed. The practical and therapeutic value of input from services is explored, and clinical and research implications are highlighted. The third paper is a reflective account of the researcher’s journey in creating this thesis. The personal and professional origins of the thesis are explored, and the influence of the researcher’s epistemological position is discussed. The practical challenges of carrying out the research are noted, along with the decisions which the researcher took in order to meet these challenges.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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