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Drug Addiction: Therapeutic Communities Breaking the Cycle of Addicted Mothers


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Fresh Hope (FH) is an in-house residential therapeutic drug-rehabilitation facility assisting mothers with children to break the cycle of addiction. FH uses 'community' as democratic method to address: drug addiction, anti-social behaviors, re-establish positive relationships with children and to live drug free. Residents take part in a 4 stage 18 months Community Drug Rehabilitative Treatment Experience/Program and a semi-structured Personal/Community Engagement Experience/Program. An archival study design was used to measure the efficacy of program against two measures: completion of stages and whether residents were living drug-free after successfully graduating from the program. Since 2000 to 2011 around 144 participants entered the program. Over 49% successfully completed Stage 1 (Detoxification Phase); with 25% completing Stage 2, and 15% (n= 21) graduating from the full program (Stage 3 and 4). A post-release follow up of graduates (n=21) after 11 years found that 90% are living drug-free (ranging from 1 to 12 years) and are productive members in the community. The value in this finding is that therapeutic communities operating under the premise of a democratic method of treatment provide a useful non-instructive alternative to clinical treatments.

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  • J-F, 2014. "Drug Addiction: Therapeutic Communities Breaking the Cycle of Addicted Mothers," International Journal of Social Science Studies, Redfame publishing, vol. 2(1), pages 164-174, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:rfa:journl:v:2:y:2014:i:1:p:164-174

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    drug addiction; therapeutic communities; mothers; drugs; rehabilitation;

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    • R00 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General - - - General
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