ERIC Number: ED387757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Drug Abusers' Perceptions of Factors Related to Drug Abuse.
Billips, Kathleen; And Others
Researchers surveyed 78 clients in drug abuse treatment facilities to determine their perceptions regarding factors related to their use and abuse of drugs. About 40% of the sample began using drugs between 11 and 15 years of age. Males tended to begin using drugs at an earlier age than did females. Over 90% of participants reported using drugs with other people to help in relaxation and in coping with life's stresses. In addition, approximately 75% indicated that other family members abused drugs. Findings, obtained from clients in drug abuse treatment centers, may enhance counselors' understanding of factors related to drug use and abuse. Contains eight tables. (Author)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adolescents, Adults, Alcohol Abuse, Alcoholism, Behavior Patterns, Clinics, Coping, Counseling, Counselors, Decision Making, Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehabilitation, Drug Use, Family Influence, Family Problems, Sex Differences, Stress Management, Substance Abuse
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 9-11, 1994).