Dynamic systems of recovery

Zetta Kougiali, Laura McGrath

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Psychology as a discipline has been primarily populated by models which are both linear and individualistic. In line with this tradition, studies focusing on addiction and recovery have often posited a subject who is dislocated from the world he/she/they inhabit, and projected along linear trajectories of change and recovery. Complexity and chaos theory offer an alternative model through which to engage with the patterned complexity and contingency of drug use and recovery. This approach is in accord with other ecological approaches within the social sciences which have opened up a concept of the subject as indivisible from material and social context, as always embedded, enacted and embodied. In this paper, we argue that the world of an addict is founded through lived spatial relations founded within the subject (locally) and beyond itself (with the world), which co-create the parameters of drug taking and recovery. We employ a topological analysis which is conducted through fine grained mapping of active use and recovery trajectories. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication27th Annual SCTPLS Conference
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2017
EventSociety for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences
27th Annual International Conference
- Cincinati, OH, USA
Duration: 11 Aug 201713 Aug 2017


ConferenceSociety for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences
27th Annual International Conference
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