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Ross Alexander


Drug addiction, especially cocaine addiction is a major problem in the United States. There is a problem in Michigan regarding drugs and a high recidivation rate, especially among individuals with cocaine addiction. Evidence shows that at least 56% of the African American adults in Michigan who are being arrested for cocaine usage had been released from a rehabilitation facility in the past 3 years. Various researchers have investigated the prevalence of drug abuse among the African American population in the United States. Still, there is limited evidence on reducing the recidivation rate among African American men with cocaine addiction. Therefore, the purpose of this qualitative case study is to investigate the perceived effectiveness of rehabilitation and educational programs offered by a drug rehabilitation center in Michigan to African-American men with cocaine addiction to prevent them from recidivating. This study utilized data collected through phone interviews as well as historical data. Clinicians were interviewed to obtain their input, from management’s point of view, on how the recidivation rate could be reduced. The theoretical framework that guided the research was the social learning theory. The main data analysis tool was content analysis, whereby the responses obtained were categorized into different themes. This study may contribute to positive social change in society by facilitating the process of developing the recommendations that will enable society to design effective measures for reducing cocaine abuse and addiction among African American adult males in Michigan and help in reducing the recidivating rate.

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