Turning Points: The Lived Experience of Addiction Recovery

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Bloom, Kori
Addiction; Recovery; Photovoice; Substance Abuse; Rehabilitation; Community Health; Counseling; Mental and Social Health; Social Work; Sociology; Substance Abuse and Addiction; Urban Studies and Planning
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In addiction research, while academics are designing treatment, due to stigma surrounding substance abuse, the voices of those experiencing addiction are simultaneously being silenced. This paper sought to give these voices a platform from which they could be heard and educate others about addiction recovery. Photovoice, which is a participatory research method, was used as vehicle to discuss this topic. Through this project, four main themes emerged. Activities, relationships, reflection and motivation, and environment are a significant part of recovery. Participants openly appreciated that their stories were important and that someone wanted to learn from them. Further research should be done with this in mind.