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Psychology and Law

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2222-5196


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Demand for Governmental Support in Individuals Involved in Substance Abuse 244


Konopleva I.N.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Psychology, Chair of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Department of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

Antonova E.
Leader, The Community "LUNEST", Estonia

Pyarnoya A.
Head, The Board of Law Office "Sidiv", Narva, Estonia

Sakkart Y.
Member of the Board, law Office "Sidiv", Estonia

The article discusses the problem of receiving governmental support by individuals involved in substance abuse. The study was conducted as a part of a regional project funded by the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs. The demand study for social, psychological and legal assistance was conducted in the course of work with individuals who use drugs and applied for legal assistance to solve difficult living situations. The main driver for seeking help and the difficulties associated with receiving/refusing help are analyzed. The majority of the respondents are disabled and need social assistance. Assisting families of drug addicts with a criminal record is a peculiar problem. A series of data related to the health status of drug addicts, to the special personality traits and emotional condition was obtained. Reasons for applying for legal and medical assistance are identified.

Keywords: drug addicts, legal assistance, health, emotional state, social support.

Column: Forensic and Clinical Psychology in Legal Context


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