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Wednesday, April 26 • 10:55am - 11:15am
Addiction: Looking Closely At The Individual

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Addiction to substances currently affects about 40% of individuals in North America, according to Marc Lewis. Current scholarship focuses on the factors that lead to addiction, including the physical, mental, and emotional factors. However, current scholarships lacks attention to the environments, programs, and more importantly the individual. The individual is unique and has preferences on how to abstain from substances. A person's living environment that is not free of substances can continually be triggering or enabling even for a highly motivated individual. Thus the creation of the sober living houses programs. Sober living homes are structured to include routine with an environment completely free from any types of addictive substances. This program is not necessarily a treatment, but an opportunity to gain coping skills. Scholarship focuses on the social network formed in these homes. The importance of these social bonds should be studied, but this project will explore in depth as to how an individual abstains from substances by being a part of this program. The research will be obtained through conducting an interview of individuals suffering from a history of substance abuse who have been or are a part of the sober living house programs in Asheville. Drawing upon research data secured through in-depth interviewing and oral histories, this project will explore the role transitional housing plays in addiction rehabilitation and healthy coping strategies. While also looking closely at the bonds that are formed. The importance of humanizing individuals who are currently abstaining from addictive substances is pertinent to this project.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 10:55am - 11:15am
206 Karpen Hall