Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Integral recovery: A case study of an AQAL [all-quadrants, all-levels, all-lines, all-states, all-types] approach to addiction treatment
by Gorman, Adam M., Psy.D., John F. Kennedy University, 2013, 152; 3598426
Abstract (Summary)

Addiction to drugs and alcohol is at an all time high. Billions are being spent annually on this epidemic with minimal success (Califano, 2007). Research indicates that drug and alcohol abuse/addiction is one of the major contributing causes to mental health problems (Fletcher, 2013; Sheff, 2013). The purpose of this inquiry is to understand the experience of one client in Integral Recovery (IR). The experience of this client was interpreted through an AQAL lens. Additionally this study used a phenomenological design, the researcher interviewed one client of IR, his mother, and one staff member who regularly worked with the client over the course of three months. After careful analysis of these interviews five key themes related to the IR treatment model emerged: 1) Practices and Structure 2) Obstacles to Recovery 3) Values Integral Recovery 4) Relatedness 5) Optimism. Interview results provided an additional perspective on the experience of an IR client in primary treatment. Future research might consider a longitudinal study with more participants to better understand the success rates of individuals who use IR interventions as their primary means of drug and alcohol treatment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Forman, Mark
Commitee: Coble-Temple, Alette
School: John F. Kennedy University
Department: Graduate and Professional Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 75/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Addiction recovery, Addiction treatment, Integral psychotherapy, Integral recovery
Publication Number: 3598426
ISBN: 9781303470059
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