The ultimate alternative : a single case study understanding Jason's journey from addiction to self-recovery

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O'Brien, Siobhan
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Health Sciences, c2012
The purpose of this research was to understand the lived experience of a person with a substance addiction that uses or has used alternative therapies for treatment. A single-case study approach was used to understand the lived experiences of Jason, a male in his mid-forties who is healing from a substance addiction. Through in-person interviewing and reading personal manuscripts written by the participant, data were collected. The data were analysed and interpreted using phenomenological and integral hermeneutics. Through the interpretations, it was clear that a major contributing factor to Jason’s drug use was the negative experiences he was carrying from his past. Once he was able to let go of the negativity and let his higher power guide him, his healing journey took a positive turn. Today, Jason lives in the moment and does not need drugs to heal the hurt he is feeling inside. He uses his ultimate alternative method, derived from within himself, to guide his journey in recovery.
viii, 155 leaves ; 29 cm
Substance abuse -- Alternative treatment -- Case studies , Alternative medicine -- Case studies , Drug addicts -- Rehabilitation -- Case studies , Addicts -- Rehabilitation -- Case studies