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Using metaphors to explore the experiences of powerlessness among women in 12-step recovery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18649228     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
12-Step programs of substance abuse(1) recovery are the most utilized mutual-help models in the United States. A pivotal aspect of 12-Step is the often-controversial idea of powerlessness. There is debate about the usefulness of the concept of powerlessness, especially for women in recovery. This study used a metaphor-elicitation interviewing technique to examine the experiences of powerlessness among 13 women of varied racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, ages 21 to 60, who had an average of 9.5 years of recovery. Interviews were conducted during a 6-month span between 2004 and 2005 in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Open and axial coding was used to determine emergent themes. Concepts of powerlessness were found to be process oriented and developmental. Some metaphors indicated positive emotions around powerlessness such as relief, whereas others indicated negative emotions such as fear. Implications for future research and study strengths and limitations are included.
Jennifer L Matheson; Eric E McCollum
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Substance use & misuse     Volume:  43     ISSN:  1082-6084     ISO Abbreviation:  Subst Use Misuse     Publication Date:  2008 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-23     Completed Date:  2008-11-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9602153     Medline TA:  Subst Use Misuse     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1027-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Human Development and Family Services, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1570, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Alcoholics Anonymous
Attitude to Health
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged
Models, Psychological
Power (Psychology)*
Self-Help Groups*
Substance-Related Disorders / psychology*,  therapy*
United States
Women's Health

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