Faculty Publications

Title

I didn't know: Discoveries and identity transformation of women addicts in treatment

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Drug Issues

Volume

30

Issue

4

First Page

863

Last Page

880

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to study the efficacy of gender-sensitive substance abuse treatment programs with a focus on the perceptions of women addicts. Based on semi-structured in-depth interviews and observation of treatment groups, an analysis of the women's stories about their lives revealed transformations in their identities. These identity transformations were based on self-discoveries made during treatment that included realizations about their addiction, emotional well-being, and parenting. An analysis of their discoveries shows compliance and resistance to institutional socialization. Just as surely as the women addicts accepted the institutional socialization, they also resisted, pushed, and pulled at it, reminding us that they are not automatons of social and institutional forces.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2000

DOI of published version

10.1177/002204260003000411

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