The perceived challenges facing alcohol treatment services in England: A qualitative study of service providers

Perryman, K. et al. (2011) The perceived challenges facing alcohol treatment services in England: A qualitative study of service providers. Journal of Substance Use, 16(1), pp. 38-49. (doi:10.3109/14659891003706399)

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Abstract

Background: Although there is currently a high level of need for alcohol treatment in the United Kingdom, there has been a lack of research into alcohol treatment to date. This study reports on what the current challenges to alcohol treatment services in England are, what resources might help to improve services, and which groups are poorly served by alcohol treatment services, as perceived by service providers. Methods: Qualitative data was obtained in three open-ended questions from a sample of 207 alcohol treatment agencies that responded to the national alcohol needs assessment postal survey. Results: Lack of funding, a general lack of resources to provide services, inadequate access to detoxification and rehabilitation services, and a lack of trained staff to deliver services were key challenges presented. More staff, improved access to detoxification and rehabilitation services, better premises, more funding allocation, improved links with other services, and better resources in general to provide services were the key factors reported to improve services. Clients with complex needs (e.g., dual diagnosis, brain damage), women with children, homeless people, and ethnic minorities were perceived to be poorly served by alcohol treatment services. Conclusions: Alcohol treatment services in England face many challenges which should be incorporated into future alcohol treatment service development.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heriot-Maitland, Dr Charles
Authors: Perryman, K., Rose, A. K., Winfield, H., Jenner, J., Oyefeso, A., Phillips, T. S., Deluca, P., Heriot-Maitland, C., Galea, S., Cheeta, S., Saunders, V., and Drummond, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Substance Use
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1465-9891
ISSN (Online):1475-9942
Published Online:01 December 2010

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