Psychological therapies (talking therapies) are effective in reducing depression (low mood). A treatment programme called “Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies” has been established to offer short term psychological therapy based to people who have symptoms of depression.
Depression is common in people who are being treated for substance misuse problems. However, this group of people often find it difficult to access psychological therapies for their mental health issues, as substance misuse is often been seen as reason for exclusion from accessing therapy for depression and other mental health issues. Those with substance misuse problems can also benefit from accessing therapy whilst in treatment for substance misuse as well as those who do not have substance misuse problems.
The aim of this study is to find out whether psychological therapies are effective for people with substance misuse. This study will investigate how many people with substance use problems and depression are willing to engage with brief psychological therapy, how many complete this, and what participants think about this psychological treatment. We also want to find out if participants who benefit from treatment have certain things in common; for example their use of alcohol or drugs or their level of dependence on substances.