Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

What is recovery?: Understanding chemical dependency stakeholder expectations
by Watson, Curtis W., Ph.D., The University of Utah, 2016, 114; 10248886
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored the expectations of stakeholders in substance abuse treatment services. These findings may help inform treatment, research, and policy development concerning substance abuse disorders. An exploratory qualitative approach was taken to minimize the effect of the model on outcomes. A cohort of 15 self-declared addicts in recovery were interviewed, using advertising in treatment centers and using a snowball method for additional respondents. Respondents were divided into either short-term or long-term recovery groups, each with different perspectives. The study design included an initial individual interview and follow-up interviews. Individual interviews were semistructured with open-ended questions to allow participants to provide the maximum amount of information. Data were entered into the computer journal, and analyzed reflexively after each interview. Relevant concepts, ideas, themes, and categories were identified and relationships explored. To improve trustworthiness, credibility, and plausibility, data were triangulated to improve accuracy and understanding. Recovery was found to be a process in which individuals empower themselves through development of their own values, self-discovery, self-determination, self-responsibility, and community membership. This recovery process is ongoing and based on preferred values that become habitual to each individual.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Derezotes, David
Commitee: Bettman-Schaefer, Joanna, Frost, Caren J., Richardson, Glenn E., Yaffe, Joanne
School: The University of Utah
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- Utah
Source: DAI-A 78/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Keywords: Addiction, Chemical dependency, Disempowerment, Empowerment, Principles and practices, Recovery
Publication Number: 10248886
ISBN: 978-1-369-57406-7
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