Users` experiences of heroin and methadone treatment

Gourlay, Jane, Ricciardelli, Lina and Ridge, Damien 2005, Users` experiences of heroin and methadone treatment, Substance use & misuse, vol. 40, no. 2005, pp. 1875-1882.

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Title Users` experiences of heroin and methadone treatment
Author(s) Gourlay, Jane
Ricciardelli, Lina
Ridge, Damien
Journal name Substance use & misuse
Volume number 40
Issue number 2005
Start page 1875
End page 1882
Publisher Taylor and Francis Inc.
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2005-11
ISSN 1082-6084
1532-2491
Keyword(s) methadone treatment
heroin
users’ experiences
stigma
self-concepts
Summary The present study, conducted in 2003, Melbourne, Australia, examined and compared how different personal and social resources related to participants' use of both heroin and methadone, as well as their experiences of stigma and program regulation, and their evaluation of methadone treatment. In-depth interviews were conducted with 10 participants (five men, five women) aged between 25 and 42. Participants who had diverse personal and social circumstances were purposefully sought. Findings showed that users with “non-addict” or “functional” self-concepts had more resources and supportive social relationships that assisted them to develop realistic treatment expectations, avoid the stigma associated with methadone, and focus on the benefits of the treatment. Conversely, “conflicted” users with limited resources, few social connections, and negative self-concept saw methadone as an addiction, and as a highly stigmatizing and disempowering intervention. Social policies that differentiate users and address ways of improving users' personal and social resources are now needed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003139

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