Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"It's Time for a Change. I Need To. I Have To": Turning Points in Recovery from Substance Misuse Among Individuals with the Lived Experience of Homelessness in Anchorage, Alaska
by Marvin, Alicia F., Ph.D., University of Alaska Anchorage, 2020, 156; 27832178
Abstract (Summary)

Individuals who are homeless and in recovery from substance misuse are among the most vulnerable and underserved in society. Regrettably, extant treatment efforts have had limited success in helping homeless individuals recover from drug and alcohol addiction. To better understand the process of recovery, this study examined the phenomenon of a turning point - the moment when individuals made the radical choice to leave addiction and pursue recovery from substance misuse. Twenty semi-structured interviews were conducted with adults who self-identified as being in recovery from substance misuse who also have the lived experience of homelessness. Using a qualitative phenomenological approach, thematic analysis was implemented to identify common elements involved in the turning point experience. Results showed that individuals cited multiple elements related to survival, individual desires, and relationships that led them to make positive changes toward recovery. The Turning Point Model was created from these narratives to reflect that worsening personal circumstances resulting from substance misuse led participants to a salient turning point that involved an individualized mixture of elements, after which participants took concrete action to enter recovery. The knowledge gleaned from this line of research may inform service providers on how to personalize treatment plans, advocate for this population, and lead to further scientific inquiry.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Buckingham, Sara, David, E. J. R.
Commitee: Gonzalez, Vivian, Dulin, Patrick
School: University of Alaska Anchorage
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Alaska
Source: DAI-B 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Personality psychology, Clinical psychology, Behavioral psychology
Keywords: Homelessness, Motivation, Recovery, Substance Misuse, Turning Points, Anchorage, Alaska
Publication Number: 27832178
ISBN: 9798641825458
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