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Applying transformative learning theory and narrative analysis to understand the transition to recovery from substance misuse.

Warren, Leah (2018) Applying transformative learning theory and narrative analysis to understand the transition to recovery from substance misuse. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Previous research has emphasised the importance of the shift in identity in a successful recovery journey. The current study aims to understand the catalyst for positive behaviour change and use Mezirow’s transformative learning theory to explain the experience of the transition from an addict identity to a recovery identity. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a sample of five men aged twenty to forty-eight in the early stages of recovery from substance misuse with a mean recovery period of sixteen months. Narrative analysis was applied to the interview transcripts. Three main narrative themes were identified from the interview analysis: (1) readiness for change, (2) a shift in identity and (3) importance of connection. The study found that the catalyst for change was unique for each participant and that the initial connections formed within recovery are central to positive change.

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