Multiple relapses into opiate and crack misuse among people in recovery: An interpretative phenomenological analysis

Maike Klein, Jeremy Dixon, Catherine Butler

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Abstract

Relapsing multiple times back into opiate and crack cocaine misuse significantly increases the risk for overdose death, of which rates continue to soar worldwide. This study aims to provide an in-depth understanding of opiate and crack relapse from the lived experience perspectives of people in recovery from substance misuse. Semi-structured interviews were held, and interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to analyze the data. Findings revealed two superordinate themes which highlighted the impact of relapse on an individual's sense of self, their conceptualizations of relapse, and their approach to recovery thereafter. The study offers implications and future directions for mental health authorities and addiction professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-110
JournalThe Journal of Addictions and Offender Counselling
Volume43
Issue number2
Early online date29 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • Relapse
  • Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)
  • Addiction
  • Opiates
  • Crack

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Law

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