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    'It is just habitual' :an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of long-term recovery from addiction

    Shinebourne, P. and Smith, Jonathan A. (2011) 'It is just habitual' :an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of long-term recovery from addiction. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 9 (3), pp. 282-295. ISSN 1557-1874.

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    Abstract

    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.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): long-term recovery, addiction, alcoholics anonymous, qualitative research, visual methods
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 15:40
    Last Modified: 08 Dec 2015 15:40
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13716

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