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Social Work

versión On-line ISSN 2312-7198
versión impresa ISSN 0037-8054


MADISHA, Rahab Matjie  y  SKHOSANA, Rebecca Mmamoagi. Are we ready yet? Social workers' preparedness to render social support to persons with substance abuse challenges. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2022, vol.58, n.4, pp.441-457. ISSN 2312-7198.

Chemical substance abuse remains a major health and social problem globally and in South Africa. Considering the drug-use-related challenges faced by South Africa's youth, there is a need to design and implement robust interventions to mitigate the impact of chemical substance use. Social workers are not prepared enough to provide drug-dependency treatment to persons with substance abuse challenges. To address this issue, a qualitative research approach was adopted with seven participants who were selected using the non-probability technique of purposive sampling. Data were analysed using Tesch's eight steps and verified using Guba and Lincoln's model to test the trustworthiness of the data. Ethical considerations were adhered to throughout the study. The findings highlight that social workers need urgent intensive training and resources to execute their tasks effectively in the field of substance abuse.

Palabras clave : social worker; adolescents; chemical substance abuse; social support.

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