Co-occurring Disorders, Emotion/Mood Literacy, and Emotion/Mood Regulation

  • authors:

    Susana Ferrucci, John Francis Ostrander
  • published in

    : 2007
  • summary

    : There is a need for integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (i.e., co-occurring disorders or COD). However, evidence-based practice guidelines for COD are not yet supported by a mature body of research. Front-line programs and practitioners have no alternative but to explore ways to improve their own COD theory and practice knowledge. A rural adult outpatient addiction treatment agency in Ontario, Canada wanted to improve its ability to assist people with COD. The majority of COD involved mood and/or anxiety disorders concurrent with substance abuse or dependence. A qualitative hermeneutic phenomenology approach generated three COD practice/theory developments: adopting a functional evolutionary perspective vis-à-vis the purpose of emotion/mood experiences; focusing on enhancing COD service users’ emotion/mood literacy; and focusing on emotion/mood regulation in terms of mental health and substance use. Findings are discussed. While not generalizable, the developments may contribute to hypotheses that can be tested for generalizability.
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  • type

    : article in journal
  • publisher

    : Springer New York
  • is part of a publication

    : International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
  • volume

    : 5
  • issue

    : 3
  • copyright

    : © Springer. Part of Springer Science+Business Media
  • other publication details

    : jul. 2007
  • original language

    : English
  • article pagination

    : start page: 195 - end page: 209
  • keywords

    : co-occurring disorders , emotion , mood literacy , mood regulation , practice development , theory
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