Addiction, detoxification and social reintegration for ex drug abusers. The underestimated role of education in treatment and relapse prevention

Maria Katsarou

Social worker, Systemic psychotherapist, Adult Educator, Scientifically Responsible of detoxification unit 18ANO,



The aim of this study was to investigate the importance of organized learning for detoxified people as a means of change and evolution. More specifically to investigate the contribution of learning through organized training programs to prevent recidivism, social integration and the removal of social exclusion. That is, if the training can be a personal transformation process as a continuation of drug treatment, based on the theory of transformative of Jack Mezirow Learning. A qualitative study was carried out, recording the experience of persons both former drug users regarding the process if their social intergratation as well as the role of education in the course of their shift. Data collection was done through interviews in detox or drug free individuals who were referred for drug treatment at 18 Upper. A study guide was designed and 10 people were interviewed (men and women), in areas of the treatment program. The conclusions of the study were that for all interviewees school did not try to reverse the trend towards reliance on any of the participants. It is for all one traumatic experience. During the period of withdrawal the opportunity for a second chance at education in the detoxified people say it helped them to acquire skills and knowledge to change their perspective on themselves and the world, to improve their self-confidence and gain professional identity. These factors contribute their stabilization, their social integration and also prevent their recurrence.

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