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A Qualitative Exploration of Individuals’ Motivators for Seeking Substance User Treatment


Andrews, David; Kramer, Rachel; Klumper, Lena; & Barrington, Clare (2012). A Qualitative Exploration of Individuals' Motivators for Seeking Substance User Treatment. Substance Use and Misuse, 47(11), 1224-1233.


Substance abuse continues to greatly impact the US population. The purpose of this study is to improve understanding of the reasons why individuals seek substance user treatment. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 50 men (n = 25) and women (n = 25) across eight substance user treatment programs in Durham, North Carolina, in 2010. We identify six motivating themes regarding reasons for seeking treatment and explore how these themes vary by the participants' mode of entry into treatment. Findings provide a holistic understanding of how and why individuals come into treatment that can enhance the quality and impact of substance user services.


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Substance Use and Misuse


Andrews, David
Kramer, Rachel
Klumper, Lena
Barrington, Clare