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Why not treatment?: Untreated substance abusers´ accounts of their lifestyles and efforts to change
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (ARG)
2006 (English)In: Contemporary Drug Problems: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, Vol. 33, no 4, 645-668 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this study a sample of non-abstinent untreated amphetamine users’ accounts of lifestyles, living conditions and efforts to change were described and analysed. The objective was to inductively identify the qualitative characteristics of their potential distance to the treatment system. The analysis focused how self presentations and descriptions of reality were related to views on treatment and lifestyle change. Results showed that respondents distanced themselves from the individuals and practices of several social contexts, which was interpreted as indicating a limbo between substance abuse and conventional life. Yet, to solve acute predicaments the substance abusers were confronted with the demands of the supposedly condemning treatment system. It is suggested in the article that the Swedish treatment system develop further ‘low threshold’ interventions that address life problems as identified by the clients themselves. This should enable less motivated substance abusers to acquire stable living conditions that may facilitate lifestyle change efforts.

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2006. Vol. 33, no 4, 645-668 p.
Keyword [en]
substance abuse, motivation, treatment, amphetamine, lifestyle change, qualitative.
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-22559OAI: diva2:189086
Available from: 2008-06-18 Created: 2008-06-18 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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