Investigating recovery from problem substance use using digital photovoice

Smith, Emma, Carter, Melody, Walklet, Elaine ORCID: 0000-0002-0690-230X and Hazell, Paul (2023) Investigating recovery from problem substance use using digital photovoice. Journal of Community Psychology, 51 (3). pp. 1378-1393. doi:10.1002/jcop.22957

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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.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community-Based Participatory Research; Mental Health Recovery; Qualitative Research; Social Capital; Social Networks; Substance Use; Substance Use Disorder
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elaine Walklet
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2022 13:34
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2023 16:05

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