The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) established the first National Alcohol
and Drug Rehabilitation Center, called Etegameno Rehabilitation and Resource Center
(ERRC), in 2004. It serves to provide treatment and rehabilitation services to alcohol and
drug dependent individuals and families during a period of five and a half weeks. Clients
who completed treatment at the Centre are invited into an aftercare programme which entails
support and follows up counselling. It has been established by the Centre that rehabilitated
substance abusers experiences relapse due to lack of adequate aftercare services in the
The purpose of the study was to explore the nature of this aftercare services by assessing the
scope; the activities and the stakeholder’s role in the aftercare services.
The study used the qualitative approach to provide in-depth information in understanding the
needs of the recovering substance abuser in the aftercare services. The research population
consisted of 40 participants including, individuals who completed the alcohol and drug
treatment programme at ERRC, families of recovering substance abusers, members of the
aftercare groups, and key informants. The research design applied was the Phenomenological
Design to assess the full description of participant’s experiences in participating in the
The method of data gathering was face-to-face interviews guided by semi-structured
interview schedules. The interviews were recorded and field notes were processed after the
interviews. The raw data was analysed by revealing themes and patterns by identifying
documents that are linked to the setting.
The results indicated that recovering substance abusers need support from families and
stakeholders involved in maintaining their recovering. The recovering substance abusers
experienced that it is difficult to have an ordinary life after rehabilitation because inpatient
treatment centers provided safe, structured environment in which negative influencing factors
were removed from a client’s daily experience.
Employment or job-related training was identified as an essential part of aftercare services.
There is a need to introduce effective, cultural and gender sensitive spiritual programme in
order to promote an individualized inclusive and holistic approach to meet the needs of
recovering substance abusers.
There is a need for developing an aftercare services guideline which could be helpful for
professionals responsible for the creation and management of aftercare groups.
The study recommends the development of Evidence-Based Aftercare Guidelines for social
workers, related professionals and members of the aftercare services.
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