Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research

Maria Dich Herold

“Some of us need to be taken care of”: young adults’ perspectives on support and help in drug reducing interventions in coercive contexts in Denmark and the UK

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This paper provides an account of young people’s experiences of and perspectives on help and support in drug reducing interventions. It is based on interviews with young people age 14–25 who were in contact with the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and, at the same time, participated in a drug reducing intervention. The interview data forms part of the EU funded EPPIC project. Two main themes emerged from the young peoples’ accounts that cut across different types of interventions and social systems in both countries. The first revolves around the ‘system’ of welfare, criminal justice, health and educational services and the barriers young people encountered in navigating the system to find help. The second revolves around the young people’s experiences with professionals, including what they appreciated and what they found problematic in professionals’ approach to them. Basing our analysis on data from two different countries, we are able to emphasize similarities in the young peoples’ perspectives, despite being enrolled in different drug reducing and CJS interventions. The insights gained indicate a need for systems and service changes that can facilitate a better balance between building individual resilience and providing appropriate, timely and adequate support within a ‘resilience-building’ environment.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDrugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
Pages (from-to)17-25
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Research areas

  • Young people, criminal justice system, desistence, users' views, drug reducing interventions, drug use, offending, UNDERSTANDING DESISTANCE, COMMUNITY, SERVICES, USERS, PERCEPTIONS

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