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Experiences of living with opioid dependence: an interview study with individuals participating in medication-assisted treatment
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3360-5589
2017 (English)In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 0161-2840, E-ISSN 1096-4673, Vol. 38, no 1, 9-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In order to describe experiences of living with opioid dependence, thirteen interviews were conducted with people participating in medication-assisted treatment. The results showed that living with opioid dependence is about the two-faced drug. The participant's past was a constant burden in life, and the drug filled a spiritual emptiness. The participant's described a life in chaos and pain, and furthermore, a life without dignity and in alienation. Opioid dependence means great suffering. Having a holistic view and by gaining an understanding of the complexities of opioid dependence, healthcare professionals can provide nonjudgmental and respectful treatment.

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Philadelpia: Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 38, no 1, 9-17 p.
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resilience, addiction, heroin, cohort, health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-126174DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2016.1235638ISI: 000393876600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-126174DiVA: diva2:1004565
Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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