Weighing up the pros and cons: help-seeking by drug misusers in Baltimore, USA

Deborah Brooke, Paul J. Fudala, Rolley E. Johnson

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Forty drug misusers receiving treatment in Baltimore completed questionnaires, originally administered to drug misusers in London, about their reasons for seeking help and their worries about the treatment. Seeking help was related to the experiences of addiction, loss of control over life and financial and family difficulties. The main fears were of failing treatment. These responses are similar to those obtained in the London group. There was little correlation between objective assessment and subjects' views of their problems. This study illustrates the complexities of coming for treatment and it emphasises the need for social and medical help.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-43
Number of pages7
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992


  • drug abuse
  • help-seeking behaviour
  • motivation
  • outpatient treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Toxicology
  • Health(social science)


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