OUR BROTHERS’ KEEPERS: SIBLINGS ABUSING CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES LIVING WITH NON-USING SIBLINGS
AbstractNon-using siblings are adversely affected by the substance abuse and related behaviour of their brothers and sisters. This article allows greater understanding of the plight of non-using siblings obtained from 28 participants interviewed in this qualitative study. Findings reflect the relationships, feelings, challenges and coping strategies of the participants as well as their perceptions of the role of social workers in assisting the chemical substance abuser. Strategies are suggested for social work policy and practice to treat chemical substance abuse holistically.
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