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Subst Use Misuse. 2007;42(8):1253-68.

Former substance users working as counselors. A dual relationship.

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Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, University of Aarhus, Nobelparken, Aarhus C, Denmark.


All helping professionals risk participation in "dual relationships." But in the case of former substance users working as counselors, specific dilemmas and problems are accentuated. A qualitative analysis highlights some of the ethical and personal dilemmas faced by these counselors. The data are derived from an interview study initiated in 2000 in Denmark on former substance users with 4-8 years of abstinence. Through an analysis of interview data from a larger group of former substance users, it became evident that those working as counselors experienced specific dilemmas and problems. The current article is based on individual reports of five counselors with recovery status.

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