Gaining a “normal life”: HIV-positive Indonesian female injection drug users in drug recovery

Sri Yona, Rita Ismail, Elly Nurachmah, Judith Levy, Kathleen Norr

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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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • HIV
  • Indonesian female drug users
  • women in drug recovery

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