Perspectives on alcohol and substance abuse in refugee settings: lessons from the field

Streel, E., & Schilperoord, M. (2010). Perspectives on alcohol and substance abuse in refugee settings: lessons from the field. Intervention, 8(3), 268-275.

In refugee settings, alcohol and other psychoactive substances can potentiate many underlying problems and contribute to the erosion of social relations and community structure. Interventions to minimise harmful use of alcohol and other psychoactive substances can lead to positive changes, but must be customised to the specific needs of each setting. Rapid assessments with appropriate tools, understanding the situation, partnership with workers and refugees, as well as inclusive approaches are all essential. Based on field experience in two refugee camps, these elements are discussed and recommendations are proposed for integrated interventions for alcohol and psychoactive substances.

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  1. Interesting article pointing to secondary effects of long term stress. It often works better if you use a strategy like Narrative Theatre where people name their own issues and challenges and you then facilitate a discussion or intervention in partnership with the group or community. In this way their is greater ownership and commitment.#mhpss

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