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Att leva ett missbruksfritt liv - en studie om hur före detta alkoholmissbrukare upplever bemötanden av sina sociala nätverk

Pärnamets, Hanna LU (2013) SOPA63 20131
School of Social Work
Abstract
I have conducted a qualitative study based on five adult sober alcoholics’ life stories. The purpose of the study was to explore and gain more knowledge and understanding of the role the social network played for an individual, living a sober life. Furthermore, how “sober alcoholics” find themselves in the community, where alcohol consumption is widely accepted in different social contexts and where they are forced to deal with this issue. My main question to answer is how “sober alcoholics” experience support from their social network, what experiences they have of support and rejection from the social network, and how important the social network is to stay sober. In order to reach respondents, I have sought various public internet sites... (More)
I have conducted a qualitative study based on five adult sober alcoholics’ life stories. The purpose of the study was to explore and gain more knowledge and understanding of the role the social network played for an individual, living a sober life. Furthermore, how “sober alcoholics” find themselves in the community, where alcohol consumption is widely accepted in different social contexts and where they are forced to deal with this issue. My main question to answer is how “sober alcoholics” experience support from their social network, what experiences they have of support and rejection from the social network, and how important the social network is to stay sober. In order to reach respondents, I have sought various public internet sites and forums for people with substance abuse problems, where I got in touch with people who wanted to participate in the study. I got the stories of five people - one woman and four men, all adults. As a tool for my analysis, I have used the Skårners social network perspective, Scheffs theory of emotional system submission of social ties and Goldberg's theoretical development of the stigmatization process.
Alcohol belongs to the social life, which means their former addiction influences their social life. According to them, they are not always met with understanding and sometimes feel pressure from their environment, making it more difficult to participate in social life. This leads to a sense of alienation and loneliness, experiences of rejection and stigma.
All participants pointed out that the social network and its attitude plays a very important role in order to live a sober, well-functioning life and that without inner strength and a strong will you will not succeed, even if you receive support from your closest circle and others in your environment. (Less)
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Pärnamets, Hanna LU
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SOPA63 20131
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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interaction, social network, addiction, alcohol abuse, abuse, stigma
language
Swedish
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3878496
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2013-07-08 13:18:56
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  abstract     = {I have conducted a qualitative study based on five adult sober alcoholics’ life stories. The purpose of the study was to explore and gain more knowledge and understanding of the role the social network played for an individual, living a sober life. Furthermore, how “sober alcoholics” find themselves in the community, where alcohol consumption is widely accepted in different social contexts and where they are forced to deal with this issue. My main question to answer is how “sober alcoholics” experience support from their social network, what experiences they have of support and rejection from the social network, and how important the social network is to stay sober. In order to reach respondents, I have sought various public internet sites and forums for people with substance abuse problems, where I got in touch with people who wanted to participate in the study. I got the stories of five people - one woman and four men, all adults. As a tool for my analysis, I have used the Skårners social network perspective, Scheffs theory of emotional system submission of social ties and Goldberg's theoretical development of the stigmatization process.
Alcohol belongs to the social life, which means their former addiction influences their social life. According to them, they are not always met with understanding and sometimes feel pressure from their environment, making it more difficult to participate in social life. This leads to a sense of alienation and loneliness, experiences of rejection and stigma.
All participants pointed out that the social network and its attitude plays a very important role in order to live a sober, well-functioning life and that without inner strength and a strong will you will not succeed, even if you receive support from your closest circle and others in your environment.},
  author       = {Pärnamets, Hanna},
  keyword      = {interaction,social network,addiction,alcohol abuse,abuse,stigma},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Att leva ett missbruksfritt liv - en studie om hur före detta alkoholmissbrukare upplever bemötanden av sina sociala nätverk},
  year         = {2013},
}