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Salud mental

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MARIN-NAVARRETE, Rodrigo et al. Study on the experience of men treated in mutual aid residencial substance abuse attention centers. Salud Ment [online]. 2013, vol.36, n.5, pp.393-402. ISSN 0185-3325.

Addictive disorders and behaviors have increased in the past years in Mexico. These behaviors and disorders are considered a public health issue because of the social and economic strains they generate. However, the state is unprepared to attend such high demands. Non government organizations have arisen in order to fulfill this demand, but it is known that many of them do not regard federal health regulations and often they have infringed the basic human rights. The present study has for objective to analyze the experience of men who have been atended in self-help residential substance abuse attention centers. Fifteen focalized interviews were carried out with men of different characteristics, all of them having been attended in at least two centers. The results help to understand the consumption dynamic, usually linked to family abandonment and anger. It further analyzes the unhealthy and inhuman services offered in many of these centers such as poor feeding and hygiene services; many of the men are admitted violently and against their will. It is concluded that even though these centers respond to the demand that addictive disorders have, they do not professionally and skillfully support a rehabilitation process. It is thus of utter importance to guarantee the training and proffessionalization of these centers' staff through an observation and regulation process.

Palabras llave : Addictions; treatment; self-help; men.

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