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Narrating the journey of sustained recovery from substance use disorder

Overview of attention for article published in Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, September 2018
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Title
Narrating the journey of sustained recovery from substance use disorder
Published in
Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, September 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13011-018-0167-0
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Authors

Mandy Stokes, Peter Schultz, Assim Alpaslan

Abstract

The reported high rate of relapse in the context of an ever-increasing rate of substance abuse internationally and in South Africa together with the fact that the topic of sustained recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) appears to be totally neglected in extant literature and research agendas motivated the researchers to conduct this investigation. The aim was to obtain an in-depth understanding of how individuals recovering from a SUD experience and sustain their recovery in order to fill the gap in the knowledge base. A qualitative research approach was followed, employing a narrative and phenomenological research design alongside an explorative, descriptive and contextual strategy of inquiry. Fifteen participants were purposefully recruited; and data were collected by means of individual, face-to-face interviews. Schlossberg's Transition Process Model (1981) (Schlossberg NK, The Counselling Psychologist 1981;9(2):2-18, Schlossberg NK, Journal of Employment Counselling 2011;48:159-162, Anderson ML et al., Counselling adults in transition: linking Schlossberg's theory with practice in a diverse world., 2012) served as a theoretical framework and provided the backdrop to, and foundation for, the presentation of the research findings. Participants' entry into recovery was triggered by an internal or external crisis caused by chemical substance abuse. They had to embrace a psychological mind set change, involving commitment to a new way of life in order to sustain their recovery. This, among others, was facilitated by participants' acceptance of the concept of 'disease of addiction' or finding a new faith-based identity. The 12-Step programme and further education and development were found to spiritually support sustained recovery. Strong ongoing support from specialised substance abuse support and/or religious groups, interpersonal relationships with family, spouses and sponsors as well as supportive work environments played a major role in sustaining recovery. The act of helping others further helped the participants to sustain their own recovery. Regardless of the pathway of recovery, there are key aspects that appear to aid sustained recovery. In grouping these according to the four S's in Schlossberg's Transition Process Model (Schlossberg NK, The Counselling Psychologist 1981;9(2):2-18, Journal of Employment Counselling 2011;48:159-162, Anderson ML et al., Counselling adults in transition: linking Schlossberg's theory with practice in a diverse world., 2012): self, situation, strategies and support, they seem to facilitate the adaptation to transition from addiction to sobriety. Internal psychological and spiritual resources in terms of self; support (from family, church and support groups); strategies to combat cravings and deal with life problems; and avoiding and managing risk-inducing situations to strengthen recovery.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 28 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 7 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 14%
Student > Postgraduate 2 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 2 7%
Student > Bachelor 2 7%
Other 6 21%
Unknown 5 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 8 29%
Social Sciences 4 14%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 14%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 11%
Computer Science 1 4%
Other 2 7%
Unknown 6 21%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 10. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 18 October 2018.
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#1,749,187
of 13,810,416 outputs
Outputs from Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
#114
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#54,476
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