By Dr (Mrs) Grace O. Momoh & Gideon Simon Mafuyai
The study aimed at finding out the effect of Behaviour Modification Counselling on substance abuse among youths in Bokkos town with its implications for social reformation. Experimental research design was employed for the study. 30 drug addicts from among the youths were selected for the experiment through purposive sampling technique. Data for the study were collected using self-developed questionnaire, titled: Substance Counselling Questionnaire (SCQ)”. Cronbach’s Alpha method of reliability was established for the instrument, and a coefficient of 0.71 was obtained. Data for the study were analyzed using t-test statistics. The study found that Behaviour Modification Counselling is effective in reducing and eliminating substance abuse among the youths. It is concluded that Behaviour Modification Counselling is a professional behavioural therapeutic approach that is highly needed to eliminate substance abuse among the youths. The study therefore recommended that counsellors should use behavioural modification techniques (such as modelling), to counsel drug addicts as a means of eliminating substance abuse among the youths. This will eventually lead to youth reformation.