Strengthening support for those in need
Talking to this person made me think of a practical research idea that could potentially help a lot of people in this same situation. I used to work in substance use services, and I always felt that more could be done to help people with substance use issues. I didn't experience many successful outcomes and always wondered what else could be done that hadn’t been implemented already.
Unfortunately, many public services have a “one size fits all” approach. For people suffering with addiction, there are many factors to consider, such as age, ethnicity, mental health, childcare responsibilities , and homelessness, as well as the addiction itself. Many of these contextual factors are ignored when it comes to providing treatment. My research has taken these factors and looked at them in terms of how they can affect people seeking and maintaining treatment, as well as whether gender is a barrier. The studies I conduct group people with similar characteristics into classes, which is followed by examining this from a gendered perspective to determine if class allocation is impacted by gender. Finally, these classes are then analysed to understand if class allocation and gender, influence whether treatment is successful.
I want to work with public service providers to enable them to tailor their treatment plans based on the individual clients’ needs and to understand what factors can impact whether treatment can be successful or unsuccessful. I hope my research will have an impact on how services provide treatment for individuals and that everyone who enters the service can have the right support that they need.
I would really like to carry on this research and conduct interviews with clients to understand what they would like from the services that they are attending. I would also like to conduct research with the homeless population as I believe that these people are an underrepresented, vulnerable population that need additional help with any substance use issues they may have.
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