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«Non Problematic» Illicit Drug Use: Experiences and Management Strategies in a Portuguese Sample

Olga SOUZA Cruz, from the ISMAI – Instituto Superior da Maia, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Traditional and New Forms of Crime and Deviance,” under the title “«Non Problematic» Illicit Drug Use: Experiences and Management Strategies in a Portuguese Sample”. Here is the abstract: Given the scanty knowledge regarding illicit drug users whose overall adjustment is not significantly damaged by this practice, we intent to develop a grounded theory to understand how some subjects manage to keep their consumption 'non problematic'. In-depth interviews were conducted with an intentionally sample of users (9 'non-problematic', 6 'ex-problematic', 6 'problematic'). Theory was constructed through the first group's data and validated through a new consultation with these participants and a triangulation of sources and methodologies. We found that some subjects manage to keep their consumption 'non-problematic' due to ongoing self-regulation, which implies costs-benefits analysis and drug use management strategies (and depends on subject's characteristics, his risks perceptions, his consumptions quality and his experiences with other users). Concluding, to minimize 'problematic' drug uses it's helpful to learn from 'non-problematic' ones and to manage enjoyment and risks.

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  • “«Non Problematic» Illicit Drug Use: Experiences and Management Strategies in a Portuguese Sample”, by Olga SOUZA Cruz (Proceedings)

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