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Gaining a "normal life": HIV-positive Indonesian female injection drug users in drug recovery.

Authors
  • Yona, Sri1
  • Ismail, Rita2
  • Nurachmah, Elly1
  • Levy, Judith3
  • Norr, Kathleen3
  • 1 Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia. , (Indonesia)
  • 2 Ministry of Health, Republic of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia. , (Indonesia)
  • 3 University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2021
Volume
20
Issue
1
Pages
117–134
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/15332640.2019.1598904
PMID: 30983528
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The number of female injection drug users in Indonesia is rapidly increasing. This study explores the experiences of women living with HIV in recovery from heroin injection. Using a ground theory approach, 22 women former drug users in Jakarta participated in this study. Six themes emerged: the challenges of quitting, the role of self-motivation, the utility of methadone treatment, the importance of partner and family support, the transformation of "self" and situation, and the rewards of a normal life if successful. These women's accounts point to the personal and cultural challenges that they faced as women, wives, and mothers.

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