Youth Drug Abusers: Barriers in Help-Seeking

Sim, Joan J. J. and Kamsiah, Ali (2020) Youth Drug Abusers: Barriers in Help-Seeking. International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS), IV (XI). pp. 303-311. ISSN 2454-6186

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The trend of drug abuse is increasing in Malaysia and a significant number of them areyouths. Past studies discoverthat youths do not seek professional help or do not even seek help when they are abusing drugs. Thus, it is important to understand the reason behind them. This is crucial as drug abusers are always hiding their identity. The study aims to identify the barriers which keep the youth away from seeking help. Methodologically, the study employs qualitative approach to have in-depth understanding about the barriers faced by the young drug addicts in seeking help for treatment. The study is carried out in a drugs rehabilitation centre in Kuching area targeting the youths who are currently undergoing treatment in the centre. Majority of them arenot admitted voluntarily.The sampling is identified using purposive technique. Instruments used for the study includes in-depth interview by using guided interview questions. The findings are analysed using content analysis to develop themes through the verbatim data. The study enquires about their experiences on drug abuse and their journey to the rehabilitation centre. Thus, the major finding indicates the barriers faced by them during the journey. Most of the respondents never had the intention to seek help until the family members took action. They had made drugs abuse behavior as part of their youth culture. Majority of the respondents are lack of awareness on the existing help system and concern on the legal action if they expose themselves.The findings of the study have implications on the community with the drug abusing youth in prevention and recovery policy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Drug abuse, youth, help-seeking, barrier, treatment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities
Depositing User: Tuah
Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2020 02:16
Last Modified: 24 Dec 2020 02:16

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