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Micro-affirmations and Recovery for Persons with Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Problems: User and Professional Experience-Based Practice and Knowledge
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. University of Agder, Norway.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, ISSN 1557-1874, E-ISSN 1557-1882Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Recurrent factors contributing to a recovery process from co-occurring mental health and addiction problems mentioned by users and professionals have been analyzed as part of working alliances and helpful relationships. Still, we lack knowledge about how helpful relationships are developed in daily practice. In this article, we focus on the concrete construction of professional helpful relationships. Forty persons in recovery and fifteen professionals were interviewed. The interviews were analyzed according to thematic analysis, resulting in three themes presented as paradoxes (1) My own decision, but with the help of others; (2) The need for structures and going beyond them; and (3) Small trivial things of great importance. Micro-affirmations have a central role in creating helpful relationships by confirming the individuals involved as more than solely users or professionals. More attention and appreciation should be paid to practices involving micro-affirmations.

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2019.
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Helpful relationships, Working alliance, Co-occurring disorders, Mental health, Drug abuse, Micro-affirmations
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-172129DOI: 10.1007/s11469-019-00063-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-172129DiVA, id: diva2:1344801
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00669Available from: 2019-08-22 Created: 2019-08-22 Last updated: 2019-09-11

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