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Involving families and carers in drug services: are families 'part of the problem'?

Despite encouragement from policy and research for drug services to involve family members in drug users' treatment and support families and carers in their own right, family members' involvement with services remains limited. Research to date offers limited insights into why barriers and tensions are perceived the way they are and reveals little about values and perspectives that underpin relationships between family members and drug services. This qualitative study aimed to generate a fuller understanding of the relationships that carers have with adult drug services and how this might affect involvement. The findings suggest that by reinforcing stereotypes, perpetuating stigma and fuelling self-fulfilling prophecies, the dominant narrative of 'family as part of the problem' frames and constrains family members' involvement with drug services. Recommendations for policy and practice need to focus on strengthening the narrative that family members' involvement with drug services is achievable, necessary and worthwhile.

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Additional Titles
Families, Relationships and Societies

Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
ISBN/ISSN
20467435;20467443
Resource Database
Jiscmail
Publication Year
2014
Issue Number
3
Volume Number
3
Start Page
405-424