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    ‘I’m getting the balls to say no’: recovery trajectories in recovery from substance use

    Webb, Lucy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2580-3654, Cox, Nigel ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4159-9449, Duda-Mikulin, Eva and clayson, Amanda (2022) ‘I’m getting the balls to say no’: recovery trajectories in recovery from substance use. Journal of Health Psychology, 27 (1). pp. 69-80. ISSN 1359-1053

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    This study uses individualisation theory to explore identity transition in substance misuse recovery. Identity narratives gained over 4 years from co-produced video/audio interview and video diary accounts were co-productively collected and analysed using framework analysis. Results indicate a trend towards individualistic and agentic identity as recovery trajectories progress over time. Within-case analysis demonstrates agentic growth for most participants, from early-stage gratitude and reliance on support groups to self-determination and independent decision-making. This early work exploring longer-term recovery adds to the current recovery and social identity discussion and provides evidence of identity growth in longer-term stages of recovery.

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