ERIC Number: EJ926693
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
"It Is Just Habitual": An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Experience of Long-Term Recovery from Addiction
Shinebourne, Pnina; Smith, Jonathan A.
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, v9 n3 p282-295 Jun 2011
This study explores experiences and understandings of people who have engaged with the process of recovery from alcohol or drug problems over a long period of time. Although there is a large body of research studies on recovery, few have examined long-term recovery from a qualitative perspective. The participants in this study were women who have not used alcohol or drugs for 15 years or longer and who described themselves as "in recovery." They have been involved with AA throughout this time. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews in conjunction with participants' drawings. Participants' accounts suggest that their involvement with AA activities and processes over a long period evolved into habitual actions which became interwoven into their ordinary daily activities. It is suggested that the qualitative approach of IPA can be seen as complementing and illuminating quantitative studies. This study can provide a basis for future studies using larger samples or different groups and move towards making more general claims.
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Interviews, Addictive Behavior, Drug Addiction, Alcoholism, Drug Rehabilitation, Females, Freehand Drawing
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