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Social Work

On-line version ISSN 2312-7198
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KEEN, Helen; SATHIPARSAD, Reshma  and  TAYLOR, Myra. Prevalence of multiple addictions and current treatment by drug treatment centres in Durban, South Africa. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2015, vol.51, n.2, pp.244-261. ISSN 2312-7198.

Substance-use disorders (SUD) cause severe problems both globally and locally. Research suggests that multiple addictions create a more complex illness. This study investigated whether in-patients admitted for SUD at three drug treatment centres in Durban, South Africa had other, undiagnosed addictions. It utilised a three-phase concurrent mixed-methods design and initially screened for gambling and sex addiction. Results showed that, of the sample of 123 participants, 54% had either sex or gambling and 24% had both addictions which current treatment programmes neither assessed for nor treated. Recommendations include suggestions to update current assessment and treatment approaches and the need to train professional staff at drug treatment centres.

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