THE PERCEPTIONS AND EXPERIENCES OF FAMILIES DEALING WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS: IMPLICATIONS FOR HOLISTIC EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAMMES

Keywords: bio-ecological systems theory, concerned significant others, employee assistance programmes, occupational social work, substance use disorder

Abstract

Neglecting the significant role played by family members in the post-rehabilitation trajectory of substance abusers can pose a significant challenge in supporting intervention programmes in the workplace. This paper reports on a small-scale qualitative investigation that used focus group interviews with family members to explore their perceptions and experiences of being confronted with family members with substance use disorders. The findings are presented through three themes: 1) emotional burden; 2) coping and avoidance strategies; and 3) support needs of family members. Recommendations highlight how employee assistance programmes can provide a comprehensive suite of holistic support systems.

Author Biographies

Eldene Braaf, Sol Plaatje University, South Africa
Social Worker (Employee Wellness Programme), Sol Plaatje University, South Africa   
Nicolette Roman, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Children, Families and Society, University of the Western Cape, South Africa  
Hamilton Pharaoh, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Discipline of Physiotherapy, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  
Published
2022-08-19
How to Cite
Braaf, E., Roman, N., & Pharaoh, H. (2022). THE PERCEPTIONS AND EXPERIENCES OF FAMILIES DEALING WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS: IMPLICATIONS FOR HOLISTIC EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAMMES. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 58(3), 349-365. https://doi.org/10.15270/58-3-1061
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Articles