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Experiences of parents of substance-abusing young people attending support groups

DOI: 10.1186/0778-7367-70-11

Keywords: Substance abuse, Young adults, Parents, Support groups, Feelings of stress, General practitioners, Flanders

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In this small-scale qualitative study based on in-depth interviews, we interviewed parents of substance-abusing young people focusing on their experiences concerning having a substance-abusing relative and attending the support group.All parents displayed feelings of stress and strain. They appeared to be highly satisfied with their participation in a support group. The expert status and knowledge of the facilitator and the provision of accurate information in the support group was also much appreciated. They were however dissatisfied by the attitude and knowledge of their GP.Our findings suggest that parents benefit from joining support groups, particularly in terms of emotional and social support and the practical information they received.

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