Family members affected by a relative's substance misuse looking for social support: Who are they?

Family members affected by a relative's substance misuse looking for social support: Who are they?

Author Sakiyama, Helena M. T. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Rato Padin, Maria de Fatima Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Canfielda, Martha Google Scholar
Laranjeira, Ronaldo Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Mitsuhiro, Sandro Sendin Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Natl Inst Publ Policy Alcohol & Other Drugs
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Univ Roehampton
Abstract Background: This study proposes to describe family members in the city of São Paulo who are seeking support in mutual self-help groups to deal with a substance misusing relative.Method: Five hundred participants (one participant per family) completed a structured questionnaire collecting socio-demographic information, length of time taken to seek help, and where they sought help. Participants were recruited from the mutual self-help group 'Amor Exigente' in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.Results: Parents of substance misusers counted as the largest group of family members. It took an average time of 3.7 years for the family members to discover their relatives' substance misuse. 42% had then sought help immediately; it took an average of 2.6 years for the remaining 58% of the sample to seek some form of support. A belief that the substance misuse of their relatives was just a transient problem or that they could cope with the situation by themselves were among the most indicated reasons for delay in seeking help.Discussion: Findings stress the importance of implementing services that take into account the difficulties families have in finding help to deal with the substance misusing relative. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keywords Affected family members
Substance misusing relatives
Seeking help
Language English
Sponsor Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Grant number CNPq: 573615/2008-0
FAPESP: 08/57714-7 e 2011/50614-0
Date 2015-02-01
Published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Clare: Elsevier B.V., v. 147, p. 276-279, 2015.
ISSN 0376-8716 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Extent 276-279
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000348893000039

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