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The perception of reasons of relapse among drug addicts: ways to overcome

Mohamad, Mardiana and Dzulkifli, Mariam Adawiah and Abd Rahman, Wan Rafaei and Sheik Dawood, Shariffah Rahah (2011) The perception of reasons of relapse among drug addicts: ways to overcome. In: 8th International Postgraduate Research Colloqium, 22-25 September 2011, Bangkok, Thailand. (Unpublished)

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A longitudinal study conducted by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) in the United States (2007) has affirmed that re-establishment of ex-drug addicts’ relationship with family, and significant others are important part of the recovery process as well as relapse prevention. In the Malaysian context, the National Anti-drug Addiction Agency (2007) has reported that once the rehabilitated addicts leave the rehabilitation centers, there is often a lack of community support for them to live independently of drugs, hence leading to potential relapse. Therefore, in attempt to understand the reasons of relapse, especially from the drug addicts’ own perspectives, face-to-face interviews were conducted on 263 Malay, Chinese and Indian drug addicts in several rehabilitation centres in Malaysia. The objective is to explore their perception of the reasons of relapse. The analysis of their responses showed that the three ethnic groups of addicts in the study mentioned more or less similar reasons for their relapse. These include peer influence or pressure; rehabilitation programmes; relationship problem; and boredom. The paper attempts to propose mechanisms that can be used to overcome the problem of relapse among drug addicts in Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Slide Presentation)
Additional Information: 2011/12066
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF207 Psychotropic drugs and other substances
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Dr Mardiana Mohamad
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2012 17:27
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 08:53
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/12066

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