Substance Use Aftercare Services in Nigeria: Proposing Oxford House Model


The most commonly used drugs in Nigeria are cannabis, sedatives, stimulants, heroin, and cocaine. Other drugs of abuse are volatile substances, cigarettes and alcohol. Regarding alcohol consumption, in Lagos, alcohol was the most used licit substances in most communities in 32 Lagos communities, with the exception of Shitta community in Surulere, where illicit drugs such as cannabis is more commonly used. In the southsouth and southeast areas, ogogoro, a locally brewed gin is the most commonly abused form of alcohol. Despite the high prevalence rates of substance abuse disorders (SUDs) in Nigeria, there is a lack of effective treatment and recovery programmes for SUDs. Stigmatization, lack of professionals and treatment settings, lack of social support and supportive settings, and the formative nature of SUD treatment and recovery medicine in Nigeria form complex barriers for people with substance abuse problems. A self-governed recovery home, Oxford House, might be a good alternative for ensuring sobriety among persons who use substances. 

Author Biographies

Mary Gloria C Njoku, Godfrey Okoye University
Mary Gloria Njoku is a professor of psychology and the dean of the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu.
Ronald Harvey, American University in Bulgaria
Ronald Harvey is a Professor of Psychology at the American University of Bulgaria
Leonard A Jason, DePaul University
Leonard A. Jason is a Professor of psychology and the director of the Center for Community Research at DePaul University, Chicago.


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How to Cite
NJOKU, Mary Gloria C; HARVEY, Ronald; JASON, Leonard A. Substance Use Aftercare Services in Nigeria: Proposing Oxford House Model. GOUNI Journal of Management and Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 1-10, feb. 2017. ISSN 2550-7265. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 06 may 2018.


Substance use; Aftercare services; Oxford House; Nigeria