Interpretive phenomenological analysis of self-states in recovering addicts during phases of addiction and recovery.
This study attempts to explore the different self-states and the sense-of-self amongst individuals suffering from substance dependency during phases of active addiction and recovery in South Africa. One of the aims of the research is to ascertain whether or not there is a change in the way participants view them selves once they have received treatment for addiction. An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis is conducted using accounts provided by members of Narcotics Anonymous South Africa on the organization’s official website. Results showed a partial shift in certain aspects of the participants’ self-images and self-concepts during stages of recovery.