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The notion of self in the journey back from addiction

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posted on 2012-08-01, 00:00 authored by V Mackintosh, Therese Knight
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.

History

Journal

Qualitative health research

Volume

22

Issue

8

Pagination

1094 - 1101

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Location

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

ISSN

1049-7323

eISSN

1552-7557

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article