Planting the seeds of change: directionality in the narrative construction of recovery from addiction
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Design: 21 life stories from individuals at different stages of recovery and active use were collected and analysed following the principles of narrative analysis.
Results: Personal trajectories were constructed in discontinuous, non-linear and long lasting patterns of repeated, and interchangeable, episodes of relapse and abstinence. Relapse appeared to be described as an integral part of a learning process through which knowledge leading to recovery was gradually obtained.
Conclusion: The findings show that long-term recovery is represented as being preceded by periods of discontinuity before change is stabilised. Such periods are presented to be lasting longer than most short-term pre-post intervention designs can capture and suggest the need to rethink how change is defined and measured.
|Number of pages||26|
|Journal||Psychology & Health|
|Early online date||1 Mar 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2017|
- Planting the seeds of change
Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Psychology & Health on 1/3/17, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08870446.2017.1293053
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