DUAL DIAGNOSIS: HOW ADULTS DIAGNOSED WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER EXPERIENCE IN-PATIENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR STIMULANT USE DISORDER

Keywords: dual-diagnosis, bipolar disorder, stimulant use disorder, substance use disorder, adult, in-patient treatment

Abstract

Dual diagnosis has become a topic of interest in recent years. In South Africa individuals diagnosed with dual diagnosis are left without adequate services as a result of the separation of substance abuse and mental health treatment services. Through a phenomenological study the authors aimed to explore how adults diagnosed with both bipolar disorder and stimulant use disorder experienced treatment at treatment centres. Considered from a bio-psychosocial perspective, the findings give insight into service users’ living world with a dual diagnosis, their experiences, their unique needs for treatment and requirements to maintain abstinence. Recommendations for social work services at treatment centres are offered.

Author Biographies

Karina Van Zyl, University of Pretoria
Postgraduate Student
Stephan Geyer, University of Pretoria
Department of Social Work and Criminology
Published
2019-07-15
How to Cite
Van Zyl, K., & Geyer, S. (2019). DUAL DIAGNOSIS: HOW ADULTS DIAGNOSED WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER EXPERIENCE IN-PATIENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR STIMULANT USE DISORDER. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 55(2), 205. https://doi.org/10.15270/55-2-716
Section
Articles