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Presentation of a Qualitative Study on Addiction Self-Help Programmes in the Context of Prison

As part of a study, two Blue Cross self-help groups in the open prison of the JVA Spremberg were analysed. The aim was to understand the practices, interpretations and social negotiations associated with the addiction self-help programme.

As part of the research, two Blaues Kreuz e.V. self-help groups in the open prison of the JVA Spremberg were examined from multiple perspectives in spring and summer 2023 through four participant observations of group meetings in women's and men's prisons. In addition, two group discussions and eight narrative individual interviews were conducted with female and male prisoners as well as interviews with a released woman, two prison officers and two Blue Cross specialists.

The aim of the study is to analyse in depth the practices, interpretations and social negotiations that are associated with the addiction self-help services and arise among the people involved. The empirical findings will provide information on how addiction support services can be organised in prison and after release. The 2/2 final report will be sent to the Blue Cross and BARMER as funding bodies in mid-March 2024 and then published.

As the research findings are relevant for specialists, managers and researchers in the fields of the prison system and addiction support, the aim is also to
a research transfer will take place as part of a symposium on the 26th of April 2024 at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. At this symposium, the research results will be presented, commented on and discussed with interested professionals, researchers and students from the field of social work.

Target audience: Professional audience

04/07/2024, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

Self-Help in the Context of Addiction, the Penal System and Release from Prison

Location: House D
Raum: D/011