The notion of self in the journey back from addiction

Mackintosh, Valerie and Knight, Tess 2012, The notion of self in the journey back from addiction, Qualitative health research, vol. 22, no. 8, pp. 1094-1101, doi: 10.1177/1049732312450325.

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Title The notion of self in the journey back from addiction
Author(s) Mackintosh, Valerie
Knight, TessORCID iD for Knight, Tess
Journal name Qualitative health research
Volume number 22
Issue number 8
Start page 1094
End page 1101
Total pages 8
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2012-08
ISSN 1049-7323
Keyword(s) addiction / substance use
alcohol / alcoholism
Summary In this study we explored how those recovering from addiction negotiated self, and the role supported accommodation played in the journey back from addiction. Transcripts from 11 in-depth interviews were analyzed by 2 coders who identified the most salient themes relevant to the self in recovery within the personal contexts of participants. The participants noted that reclaiming the self that had been lost to addiction was of primary importance to them. The recovery journey exposed a self that had reached the lowest point in life; one that was hardly recognizable; one that was undesirable. Engaging with supported accommodation provided participants with a sanctuary within which to reclaim the self, and was seen as central to their recovery.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1049732312450325
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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