Tove Sohlberg, Researcher at Stockholm University. Photo: J Storbjörk/Stockholm University

Tove Sohlberg receives SEK 4.34 million from The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte) for the project "Recovered, in treatment, or dead? A 20-year follow-up of women and men in Swedish substance use treatment". Together with Jessica Storbjörk and Peter Wennberg at the Department of Public Health Sciences, she will follow up a study conducted between 2000-2004 (see project summary below).

Project summary

A society’s substance use treatment (SUT) system should meet the needs of the individual, whether it is a brief intervention or long term treatment. The group that dominates Swedish SUT consists of those who need more indepth treatment with repeated and different kinds of treatment contacts. This underlines the importance of longterm follow-ups and of taking a great grasp of the system.
The present study intends to build on a comprehensive study conducted between 2000-2004, Women and Men in Swedish Alcohol and Drug Treatment. The study used service user interviews (n=1865) and register data as well as a survey to the general population, followed up a year later. In addition, participating heads of units and staff were interviewed. After five years, a second follow-up was conducted with a sample in which, e.g. differences between Sweden and the United States as well as the alcohol and drugrelated mortality were investigated.

Now, 20 years have passed since the first study, which is why this study plans to conduct a long-term follow-up of the patients/clients who have given their consent. The data will be based on both registerdata on all and interviews with a smaller sample of those who either lead an integrated life or who are still part of the treatment system. Registry data will also respond to mortality among these individuals. As previous research has shown major differences regarding gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background, these aspects will be considered in the analyses.

The study will provide knowledge about which factors that contribute to an integrated life and which hinder this, in a long-term perspective. The registerdata provides the opportunity to study mortality over time among alcohol and drug misusers, in order to identify risk factors. As a society strives for a healthy population, it is important that treatment leads to integration and this study will contribute to deeper insight into the role of treatments for rehabilitation.

About the project

Project title: Recovered, in treatment, or dead? A 20-year follow-up of women and men in Swedish substance use treatment
Funding: The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte), (Project ID: 2020-00629)
Project time: 2021-01-01–2023-12-31

Participating researchers

Tove Sohlberg (Principal investigator)
Jessica Storbjörk
Peter Wennberg
Department of Public Health Sciences, Stockholm University