Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The experience of recovery from alcohol/drugs (AOD)
by Dickens, Joyce R., Psy.D., Capella University, 2011, 176; 3453965
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation contributes to the understanding of the early recovery experience of individuals recovering from alcohol and/or drug addiction by examining the narratives of individuals through their lived experiences. The was a qualitative study using the phenomenological methodology. The primary research question addressed was: “How do people describe the experience of recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction during early recovery?” The analysis focused on the overall statements participants make about their lived experiences as elicited by an open-ended, guided-question interview. The aim was to learn from these experiences what is helpful in recovery and what may be needed and not available. The insight and the knowledge gained from these ‘lived experiences’ will be useful in formulating theoretically grounded models of care. The findings concur with the wider literature to a large extent in that the data identified inadequacies with regard to service provision and highlighted the negative impact of issues of exclusion and stigma. A further identified concern was the lack of social support.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vail, Thomas C., Schneider, Steven V.
Commitee: Persky, Barry
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 72/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Addiction, Early recovery, Recovery
Publication Number: 3453965
ISBN: 9781124626208