عنوان انگلیسی مقاله:
Redefining recovery: Accounts of treatment experiences of dependent cannabis users in Nigeria
ترجمه فارسی عنوان مقاله:
بازسازی دوباره بازیابی: حساب های تجربیات درمان از کاربران وابسته به کانابیس وابسته در نیجریه
ScienceDirect- Elsevier- Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 125 (2021) 108321: doi:10:1016/j:jsat:2021:108321
Ediomo-Ubong Ekpo Nelson
Background: Research on addiction recovery describes recovery as a process leading to cessation of drug use. Few
researchers have explored alternative views of recovery, and the interplay of individuals’ agency and social
context in the recovery process. This study explored situated understandings of recovery among cannabis users
that emphasized process and contingency.
Methods: We conducted the study in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. Participants were current (street-involved)
cannabis users aged 21 to 34 (n = 97), recruited through time-location sampling. The study collected data
through in-depth, individual interviews, which study staff transcribed, coded, and analyzed thematically.
Results: Participants’ accounts indicated a quest for treatment as a means of recovery and redemption (i.e.,
repairing an identity damaged by dependent cannabis use). Relapse affected recovery when participants defined
the latter as abstinence. Framing recovery this way showed the effects of social and structural factors on indi-
vidual agency and treatment experiences. Yet some participants’ accounts highlighted a redefinition of recovery
as a process (“recovering”), measured by such outcomes as reduced drug use and improved overall well-being.
Conclusions: Reframing recovery, as some participants’ accounts in our study capture, speaks to the need for
treatment programs that are informed by the principles of harm reduction and health promotion. Instead of
foisting a singular treatment goal defined as total abstinence onto drug users seeking treatment, treatment should
be attuned to the experiences and life circumstances of users and support them in achieving their recovery goals.
keywords: آژانس | شاهدانه | هویت | نیجریه | بهبود | رفتار | Agency | Cannabis | Identity | Nigeria | Recovery | Treatment