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Alcohol abuse, compulsory treatment and successive aftercare: A qualitative study of client perspectives
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (Addiction Research Group)
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 18, no 3, 260-269 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, the social welfare boards have a statutory duty to provide aftercare for compulsorily treated substance abusers. However, there are no data on how the aftercare is organised and how clients perceive this phase of the compulsory treatment process. The aim of the study is to analyse how a sample of compulsorily treated alcohol abusers (n = 12) characterise the current coercive treatment episode and evaluate previously experienced and forthcoming aftercare interventions. Qualitative interview-data were coded into themes and sub-themes encompassing relevant client perspectives. Results show that the alcohol abusers claimed to want (but be denied) adequate help for their problems, both during primary treatment and after discharge. Their perspectives on coercive care and aftercare interventions appeared related to their views on their own problems and on being incarcerated. For instance, those who recognised their own alcohol problems emphasised the importance of quitting consumption and were dissatisfied with interventions offered during and subsequent to compulsory treatment referrals.

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Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell , 2009. Vol. 18, no 3, 260-269 p.
Keyword [en]
compulsory treatment, experiences of coercion, aftercare, substance abuse, client perspectives, alcohol abuse
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Social Work
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-31760DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2008.00596.xISI: 000266980200006OAI: diva2:278478
Available from: 2009-11-26 Created: 2009-11-26 Last updated: 2012-03-09Bibliographically approved

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