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Concurrent disorders, addiction and mental health
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University of Alberta
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Ruddy, Carlee, L.
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Dr. Anthony Joyce, Department of Psychiatry
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Dr. Sylvia Barton, Faculty of Nursing
Dr. Hannah Pazderka, Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Cam Wild, School of Public Health, Centre for Health Promotion Studies
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Master of Science
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With the recent amalgamation of Addiction and Mental Health treatment systems in Alberta, I wanted to understand what it feels like to be a youth with both addiction and mental health concerns, in the treatment system. Specifically, I was interested in what it’s like to navigate both systems and to see if any headway has been made towards integrated treatment. Six youth, aged 15-17 with mental health and suspected addiction concerns, were recruited from a specialized mental health treatment program. They took part in interviews and using an interpretative phenomenological analysis approach, I identified themes in their verbatim interview responses. The major themes included: “Just a Diagnosis”, The Power of Home, “We Know What We Need”, “We Don’t Know Where to Get It” and The Impact of Stigma. The results support service delivery recommendations to enhance addiction and mental health treatment in Alberta.
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