“Learn by Doing”-A Model for Community Health and Drug Education
The high rate of recidivism among former drug abusers is a major indicator of the failure of drug treatment programs. Studies have shown (Erickson et al., 1973; Dept. of Labor, 1972) that the drug abuser needs not only jobs, but relationships that work. It is because the client often has few social alternatives that many return to the same drug using environment which exerts the social and psychological pressure that leads to addiction in the first place. The drug abuser feels stigmatized and isolated from the “straight” community and this makes the process of meeting new people increasingly difficult. In order to break this drug abuse cycle a companionship therapy program (Goodman, 1972) was formulated.
KeywordsDrug Abuser Drug Treatment Program Psychological Pressure Drug Education Social Alternative
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