Ellison, S, Weston, SK, Dugdale, S, Ward, J and Davies, G (2016) A qualitative exploration of UK prisoners’ experiences of substance misuse and mental health difficulties, and the Breaking Free Health and Justice interventions. Journal of Drug Issues, 46 (3). pp. 198-215. ISSN 0022-0426

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This qualitative study explored prisoners’ lived experiences of substance use and mental health difficulties and aimed to examine perceived links between these two areas and how they might be associated with recovery during engagement with the Breaking Free Health and Justice (BFHJ) treatment programs. Interviews were conducted with 32 prisoners receiving treatment for substance use in North-West England. Emerging from prisoners’ interviews were themes relating to difficult life experiences from childhood into adulthood, how these experiences played a role in the emergence of their multiple and complex difficulties, their treatment experiences, and how their current involvement with the criminal justice system acted as a catalyst for positive change, including engagement with the BFHJ programs. This study identified the roles of substance use and mental health difficulties in the lives of participants, identified how their multiple and complex difficulties might be addressed, and provided insights into prisoners’ interpretations of their life experiences.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published as Elison, S. et al., 2016. A Qualitative Exploration of U.K. Prisoners Experiences of Substance Misuse and Mental Health Difficulties, and the Breaking Free Health and Justice Interventions. Journal of Drug Issues. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022042616630013
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer-assisted therapy, substance misuse, prisons
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2016 12:42
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2019 14:09
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/1375

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