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Investigating recovery from problem substance use using digital photovoice

Smith, Emma ORCID:, Carter, Melody, Walklet, Elaine and Hazell, Paul (2022) Investigating recovery from problem substance use using digital photovoice. Journal of Community Psychology. ISSN 1520-6629

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This study investigates the complex process of recovery from problem substance use using a visual research method known as ‘Photovoice’. Seven service users from a harm reduction drug service were given digital cameras and asked to photograph ‘people, places, and things’ meaningful to them in their recovery. These photographs were then used as a catalyst for discussion during two in‐depth interviews. This study demonstrates the nuanced experiences of recovery as some participants expressed feeling isolated while others reflected upon their access to various forms of social capital. These findings recognise the link between social capital and recovery outcomes, while also reflecting upon how services might imbed the need for relationship quality within artificial recovery networks. The use of photographs is a novel way of providing voice to the lived experience of service users and adds to the discussion and debate concerning how recovery services may develop.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: community‐based participatory research, mental health recovery, qualitative research, social capital, social networks, substance use, substance use disorder
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Copyright Info: © 2022 The Authors. Journal of Community Psychology published by Wiley Periodicals LLC.
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Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2022 17:53
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2022 17:53

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