In your own skin: The experience of early recovery from alcohol-use disorder in 12-Step fellowships

Rodriguez-Morales, Lymarie (2017) In your own skin: The experience of early recovery from alcohol-use disorder in 12-Step fellowships. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. pp. 1-23. ISSN 1544-4538

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This paper presents a single case study of a young adult’s early recovery from alcohol-use disorder whilst participating in 12-step fellowships. A longitudinal, qualitative study was carried out with semi-structured interviews taking place at intervals of three months. The transcripts were subjected to interpretative phenomenological analysis. During the participant’s two months of recovery, a series of intrapersonal changes were reported concerning issues of self-care and emotional development. Following six months in recovery, the participant’s recovery focus then centred on the interpersonal issues related to changes in his social network and ways of relating. By ten months, the participant’s recovery emphasized aspects of self-actualization, including a sense of spirituality. The findings illustrate how issues of authenticity, emotional expression and identity transformation are intertwined in the participant’s early recovery. This idiographic case study offers an in-depth examination into the early days of recovery of a young adult within the context of 12-step recovery fellowships in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Early recovery, alcohol-use disorder, 12-step fellowships, young adulthood, IPA, longitudinal qualitative research, case study
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Lesley Cresswell
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2017 10:08
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2023 08:06

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