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Long-term recovery from heroin use among female ex-offenders: Marisol's story.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19016173     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ex-offenders experience various difficulties in successfully reentering communities post-incarceration. For those with a history of opioid misuse, despite various interventions, long-term recovery rates are relatively low. Additionally, the difficulties ex-offenders experience reintegrating with their families and communities are further compounded by the stigma and structural barriers posed by prior criminal and drug use histories. This qualitative study, using in-depth interviews conducted during an 18-month period between mid 2004 and late 2005 examines the process of creating and maintaining abstinence among 25 former heroin users, mostly Latino and African American New York City ex-offenders who have remained abstinent from heroin use for a period of 5 yr or longer. Focusing primarily on the story of one female respondent and in participants' own words, the factors that they found to be most salient in enhancing their recovery efforts (positive peer support, motivational tools, exercise, meditation, skills enhancement) are examined. The study findings suggest that reentry programs and policies can help ex-offenders sustain long-term abstinence and prosocial lifestyles by supporting the various coping strategies that they identify as being particularly valuable.
Nelson Jose Tiburcio
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Substance use & misuse     Volume:  43     ISSN:  1532-2491     ISO Abbreviation:  Subst Use Misuse     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-11-18     Completed Date:  2009-02-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9602153     Medline TA:  Subst Use Misuse     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1950-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute for Treatment Services Research, National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., New York, New York 10010, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Criminal Law*
Heroin Dependence / prevention & control*,  rehabilitation*
Interviews as Topic
New York City
Peer Group
Recurrence / prevention & control
Social Adjustment*
Social Support

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