Substance Use Disorders and Reintegration – A Novel Perspective on Empathy for Those in Need
Keywordsreintegration, substance use disorder, preconception, social responsibility
Purpose: To analyse the reintegration and social responses addressing substance use disorders using a social responsibility approach. To evaluate perceptions of persons with substance use disorders in rehabilitation and opinions about their reintegration in the labour market.
Design/methodology/approach: Mixed methodology combining both qualitative and quantitative approaches, with the use of mini focus group interview and questionnaire survey.
Findings: Preconception about persons with substance-related disorders is considerable. At the same time, people are willing to accept individuals in treatment in the professional environment and to support them. Dental health problems are not only an image issue but constitute a major barrier in activities of daily living and hinder social integration. The financial aspect of social initiatives to be implemented needs to be recognised and addressed.
Research and practical limitations/implications: We show that programmes of reintegration of people with a past related to substance use disorders should in the first place focus on existing preconceptions. Cooperation with businesses for the professional reintegration of individuals in treatment for addictive behaviours and dependencies is vital for its success. Social initiatives need suitable dissemination and funding.
Originality/value: The paper deals with an important social problem. Social responses for individuals in treatment are very important but require additional societal awareness and business structures supporting social integration that are still to be worked on. These two features are prerequisites for any successful socio-professional reintegration.
Paper type: Case study, research paper.
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