TITLE

I DIDN'T KNOW: DISCOVERIES AND IDENTITY TRANSFORMATION OF WOMEN ADDICTS IN TREATMENT

AUTHOR(S)
Baker, Phyllis L.
PUB. DATE
September 2000
SOURCE
Journal of Drug Issues;Fall2000, Vol. 30 Issue 4, p863
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The purpose of this research was to study the efficacy of gender-sensitive substance abuse treatment programs with a focus on the perceptions of women addicts. Based on semi-structured in-depth interviews and observation of treatment groups, an analysis of the women's stories about their lives revealed transformations in their identities. These identity transformations were based on self-discoveries made during treatment that included realizations about their addiction, emotional well-being, and parenting. An analysis of their discoveries shows compliance and resistance to institutional socialization. Just as surely as the women addicts accepted the institutional socialization, they also resisted, pushed, and pulled at it, reminding us that they are not automatons of social and institutional forces.
ACCESSION #
4000936

 

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