Role of Social Workers in the Rehabilitation of Addiction at Correctional Facilities Centers in Karachi, Pakistan

Sakina Riaz, Maliha Sahar


Substance abuse have become common in recent years which is why there are a number of cases being reported in the Correctional centers of Karachi regarding their special treatment and effective care. Since there are different interventions in reducing the number of addicts, social workers have been continuously regarded as prime support to such victims because of their skills and expertise in treating and improving their health concerns. The main purpose of the research is to highlight significant roles of social worker in controlling drug abuse so that society can face a positive transformation. It is explored that majority people in Karachi, Pakistan are subjected to use drug on daily basis because of immense societal pressure and influence of other communities. For investigating core initiatives that social workers take to improve such cases, mixed research strategy is used. Primary data is collected through survey in which 200 participants were approached from three different Correctional Centers in order to provide quality knowledge regarding the subject. Moreover, secondary data was collected through reviewing different online sources. The findings of the research suggest that the role of social workers is to provide support, quality care, consultation, and training to minimize drug effects. The conclusion drawn from the research also illustrates that almost all of the rehabilitation centers have employed social workers who have prior experience in handling drug addicts and they are credible enough to work in Correctional Centers.

Keywords: Drug Addicts, Social Worker, Social Work, Substance Use, Pakistan, Awareness, Training

DOI: 10.7176/JESD/10-11-10

Publication date:June 30th 2019


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