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Investigating Insomnia Disorder Treatment in Patients with Substance Use Disorder

Balen, Nika (2023) Investigating Insomnia Disorder Treatment in Patients with Substance Use Disorder.

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Abstract:Insomnia is a highly prevalent issue that is often neglected in treatment due to perceiving it as a symptom of another disorder. This could hinder the treatment of patients with substance use disorders (SUDs), due to the risk of relapse. The present study investigated how psychologists perceive and treat insomnia among individuals with SUDs by posing the following research question: How do psychologists perceive insomnia and its treatment among individuals with substance use disorders? A qualitative design was used by conducting semi-structured interviews among 10 psychologists from the Netherlands and Germany. The interviews were conducted online and consisted of three sections, each section containing questions about insomnia treatment in a specific disorder. The section about SUDs entailed questions about participants’ treatment practices and considerations when treating insomnia in patients with SUDs. The results of the thematic analysis revealed four overarching themes with two to six codes per theme. The findings indicate that some participants viewed insomnia as a symptom, whereas others saw it either as a symptom or a separate problem, depending on the patient’s situation. Participants also preferred non- pharmacological treatment of insomnia. The study draws attention to the potential problems of viewing insomnia as a symptom and contributes to the research by highlighting the importance of using non-pharmacological insomnia treatments in SUD patients. The findings can be applied to the field of psychological and rehabilitation treatment by indicating how to select the right treatment, suggesting the importance of including CBT-I, and the relevance of evaluating treatment priorities.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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