Experiences of home detoxification for alcohol dependency
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Experiences of home detoxification for alcohol dependency

Sarit Carlebach Research fellow, School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University, Middlesbrough
Dominic Wake Senior lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University, Middlesbrough
Sharon Hamilton Reader in nursing, School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Aim To identify the experiences of service users, family members and staff involved with a community alcohol service that provided home detoxification and psychosocial support.

Method Semi-structured interviews were conducted with service users, family members and staff (n=35). Comment sheets were sent to all service users and 22 were returned. Data were analysed using thematic analysis.

Findings Participants were positive about the detoxification service and particularly valued the therapeutic relationship with nursing staff. Service users also valued the availability of psychosocial services. Contradictory views from service users and staff were identified regarding some aspects of the service.

Conclusion Service users were very satisfied with the community alcohol service and valued the support offered by nurses.

Nursing Standard. 26, 10,41-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.11.26.10.41.c8817

Correspondence

s.carlebach@tees.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review