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, 47 (2), 267-276

[The Recovery Process of Alcohol Dependent Men Living in a Therapeutic Community]

[Article in Korean]
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[The Recovery Process of Alcohol Dependent Men Living in a Therapeutic Community]

[Article in Korean]
Sungye Kang. J Korean Acad Nurs.

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the recovering process of men who had abused alcohol and has lived in a therapeutic community.

Methods: Individual in-depth interviews were used to collect data from 10 of these men who has lived in the therapeutic community for more than one year. Qualitative data from field notes and transcribed notes were analyzed using the grounded theory methodology developed by Strauss and Corbin.

Results: The core category about the recovering process of the men who had abused alcohol and are now in the therapeutic community was identified as "reconstructing a broken life". The recovering process of these men in the therapeutic community consisted of four phases; 'self-awareness stage', 'unfreezing stage', 'readjustment stage', and 'challenging stage'.

Conclusion: In this study "reconstructing a broken life", as the core category vividly showed joys and sorrows of men who had abused alcohol and has lived in the recovering process of managing the yoke of life-long disease. In this process of recovery from alcoholic dependence the men gradually adjusted themselves to their given condition. Also they gained coping strategies to care for, and protect themselves. Therefore health care providers can establish supportive programs in the clinical field to empower these men by reflecting their proactive coping strategies.

Keywords: Alcoholics; Male; Qualitative research; Recovery; Therapeutic community.

Conflict of interest statement

The author declared no conflict of interest.

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