Influence of the implementation of the curriculum on drug addicts in drug rehabilitation centres in Mombasa county, Kenya
The purpose of the study was to find out the influence of the implementation of the curriculum on drug addicts in drug rehabilitation centres in Mombasa County, Kenya. The specific objectives of the study were to determine whether the treatment centres follow the set standards when attending to their clients, to establish the competence of the personnel offering counselling in the rehabilitation centres under study, to establish the follow up strategy for monitoring rehabilitated addicts from going back to abusing drugs, to identify aspects of the program that can be intensified to improve inadequacy of services where this is the case. Descriptive survey design was used. The study targeted everybody in a drug rehabilitation centre currently recovering from substance abuse. purposive sampling was used to select 10 patients from each of the 8 centres and 2 counsellors from each of the centres. Hence the total population was 80 drug users and 16 counsellors. The main research instrument in this study was questionnaire. Two sets of questionnaires were administered. To test the reliability of the instrument test-retest technique was used. Descriptive statistics, including means, frequencies and percentages was used. The study established that there were many services put in place to rehabilitate the drug users. The centres had many counsellors trained to handle the drug users who had several needs psychological, social and health (Physical). However these counsellors needed to undergo more training specifically geared toward chemical dependency counselling. The centres were found to have many challenges which could affect the quality of service they provided to attend to the needs of the users . The centres also needed to improve some of their facilities used. It was also established that the centres were not solely responsible for relapse in patients. Denial in clients and client attitude were also to blame. These factors combined were contributors to lack of sustainability of treatment in clients. Based on the findings of the study the following recommendations are made. The counsellors in the centres should have more emphasis on psychological counselling. This can be done by having more sessions of individual counselling per client in the centre. There is need for on-going training for the counsellors and service providers. There should also be support and supervision for those giving support. The centres should intensify their programs by having more followed up services and using motivational methods. The following areas for further research are suggested. A study should be carried out to find out stress and burnout in counsellors in drug / alcohol rehabilitation centres. A study should be carried out to identify counselling approaches and methodology in use in alcohol/drug rehabilitation centres.