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SMAD. Revista eletrônica saúde mental álcool e drogas

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VIEIRA, Julliana Keith de Sá et al. Conceptions of Drugs: Reports by Users of the CAPS-ad in Campina Grande, Pernambuco, Brazil. SMAD, Rev. Eletrônica Saúde Mental Álcool Drog. (Ed. port.) [online]. 2010, vol.6, n.2, pp. 274-295. ISSN 1806-6976.

The purpose of this scientific study was to analyze the conceptions that users of the Psychosocial Care Centers-alcohol and drugs  (CAPS-ad) in Campina Grande, Pernambuco state, have about drugs, and evaluate their repercussions on chemical dependence and its treatment. This analytical study used a qualitative approach, and was performed with 15 service users. Data analysis was performed using discourse analysis. The study complied with the ethical norms per resolution 196/96 of the National Health Council, which regulates research involving human beings. It was found that some service users were unaware about the health hazards caused by drugs and did not see licit drugs as drugs. The CAPS-ad play a fundamental role in advancing knowledge and the professionals should redefine strategies and practices according to that situation, and help patients become responsible for their own treatment and physical, emotional and social rehabilitation.

Keywords : Drug Users; Mental Health; Users; Design on Drugs.

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