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Self Reported Reasons for Continuing Substance Use and Not Seeking Treatment and Quitting Substance Use and Seeking Treatment by Kashmiri Youth

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Psychologist at Drug De-addiction Centre and Stress management Helpline, Police Control Room Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, INDIA
  • 2 Department of Psychology University of Kashmir Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (8), Pages 30-34, August,14 (2014)


The present study investigates the self reported reasons for continuing substance use and not seeking treatment and quitting substance use and seeking treatment by Kashmiri youth. For the present study 150 substance dependent males were selected using Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test- V 3.0 (2010) from District Srinagar (JandK). These 150 participants consist of two groups. One group (N=50) was taken from different drug de-addiction centres. Another group (N=100), include those substance dependents who continue substance use and don’t seek treatment and were taken from different areas of District Srinagar. A self designed semi-structured interview schedule was used to collect the responses of the subjects pertaining to their reasons for continuing substance use and not seeking treatment or quitting substance use and seeking treatment. “Denial” (64%), “feeling in control of life and substance use” (23%) and “recreational drug use” (20%) emerged as the major self reported reasons for continuing substance use and not seeking treatment. Whereas “Adverse impact on health” (78%), “dignity of self and their families” (44%) and familial/parental concern and pressure (42%) emerged as the major self reported reasons for quitting substance use and seeking treatment. These results were discussed in light of previous research.


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