Gaudreault, K., Tremblay, J. et Bertrand, K. (2022). Group Intervention for Parents of People with Psychotic and Substance Use Disorders: a Qualitative Evaluation of Appropriateness. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-20.
Family caregivers provide important leverage for facilitating the recovery of persons with schizophrenia and substance use disorders. For the caregivers, this translates into needs for knowledge as well as strategies to reduce their distress and to meet the complex demands of a long journey to recovery. The objective of this qualitative evaluation study was to describe and understand the appropriateness of an intervention program designed for caregivers from the viewpoint of the caregivers themselves (n = 9), the persons they were accompanying (n-5) and the other key stakeholders involved (n = 13). A thematic analysis of a focus group, 26 interview transcriptions and a logbook, was performed. All participants identified several positive impacts of the treatment on the parents: normalization of their experience, knowledge and skills acquisition, and increased hope. The persons with the concomitant disorder reported a useful improvement in their relationship with their caregiver and a positive influence on their substance use.