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dc.contributor.authorBjørnestad, Jone Ravndal
dc.contributor.authorVeseth, Marius
dc.contributor.authorBerg, Henrik
dc.contributor.authorDavidson, Larry
dc.contributor.authorMcKay, James R.
dc.contributor.authorMoltu, Christian
dc.contributor.authorSkaalevik, Alexander Waagan
dc.contributor.authorSlyngstad, Tale Ekeroth
dc.contributor.authorSvendsen, Thomas Solgård
dc.contributor.authorNesvåg, Sverre Martin
dc.PublishedBjørnestad JR, Veseth M, Berg H, Davidson L, McKay JR, Moltu C, Skaalevik AW, Slyngstad TE, Svendsen TS, Nesvåg S. Reports of the benefits of drug use from individuals with substance use disorders. Psychotherapy Research. 2020;30(6):718-727eng
dc.description.abstractBackground: The perceived benefits of drug use are not currently integrated into the treatment of substance use disorder. This omission appears paradoxical and is unsubstantiated by empirical research. As the perceived benefits of drug use are catalysts for drug initiation, relapse and continuous use, increased knowledge about these benefits seems crucial to efficacious treatment. Aims: To investigate the perceived benefits of drug use in substance use disorder. Method: The study is a phenomenological-hermeneutical investigation using thematic analysis of interviews with 30 long-term recovered adult service users. Results: Our thematic analysis resulted in three themes and several sub-themes: (1) Benefits of drug use; (2) Necessity of intense experiences; and (3) Importance of being unconventional. Conclusions: Findings indicate that the benefits of non-problematic and problematic drug use are motivated by similar individual and social needs. An absolute distinction between problematic and non-problematic drug use thus seems arbitrary and potentially counterproductive for clinical practice. The benefits of drug use should be researched as a possible add-on treatment module, as this knowledge may be of significant clinical value in treatment frameworks.en_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Franciseng
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dc.titleReports of the benefits of drug use from individuals with substance use disorderseng
dc.typePeer reviewed
dc.typeJournal article
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2019 The Author(s)eng
dc.source.journalPsychotherapy Research

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