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A Qualitative Case Study on Recovery and Personal Growth in Korean Drug Addicts

Title
A Qualitative Case Study on Recovery and Personal Growth in Korean Drug Addicts
Authors
Kang, Sun KyungKim, Hun JinShin, Seungnam
Ewha Authors
신승남
Issue Date
2018
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SERVICE RESEARCH
ISSN
0148-8376JCR Link

1540-7314JCR Link
Citation
JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SERVICE RESEARCH vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 279 - 290
Keywords
Drug addictionrecovery processpersonal growthqualitative case studywithincross-case analysis
Publisher
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR &

FRANCIS LTD
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Document Type
Article
Abstract
In recent years, crimes related to drug smuggling and production have gradually increased in Korea. This qualitative case study explores the experiences of Koreans recovering from drug addiction and identifies specific details and mechanisms of recovery. For this purpose, participants were selected based on criteria such as engaging in social activities after recovery from addiction for 3years or more. Next, one-on-one in-depth interviews were conducted with five voluntarily consenting participants. Data were analyzed using the within-/cross-case analysis suggested by Creswell. Substantial personal growth took place in the recovery process for drug addicts. Nineteen themes were identified as manifestations of personal growth through within-case analysis. Four common themes were then derived through cross-case analysis. These four common themes were reconnection with reality, embracing the essence of one's own existence, reconstructing oneself in social relations, and self-love. The study's results suggest that a recovery program needs to be developed wherein the program not only enables drug addicts to reflect on their current existence but also allows them to develop their specific coping skills. Future research should be broadened to consider the social support mechanism and viewpoints of people including family and local community members in close contact with drug addicts.
DOI
10.1080/01488376.2018.1457593
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