A narrative analysis of the experiences of barangay officials involved in community based drug rehabilitation

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The purpose of the study is to understand the phenomenon of community-based drug rehabilitation (CBDR) in the Philippine context from the perspective of barangay ofcials involved in CBDR. The research investigated the narratives of ofcials, both treatment facilitators and program overseers, regarding their experiences in implementing CBDR programs. The research used Murray’s (2000) framework and elicited data on three levels: ideological, positional, and personal. The fndings revealed ideological narratives of CBDR as an alternative response to the government’s approach, CBDR as efective solution to treating drug use, and as part of a holistic approach to drug recovery. The positional narratives complement the ideological narratives as they described their roles as protectors, facilitators of growth, and partners. Similarly, their personal narratives revealed experiences of frustration, fulfllment, and commitment and personal growth. Implications of the fndings regarding the implementation of CBDR and the promotion of restorative justice are discussed.