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“I’d probably be dead now”: Evaluating the impact of theatre practitioners working on a recovery-based community drama project.

Kewley, S and Van Hout, MC “I’d probably be dead now”: Evaluating the impact of theatre practitioners working on a recovery-based community drama project. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Aside from the often-fatal consequences of substance abuse; people recovering from addiction suffer greater adverse childhood experiences, trauma in adulthood, and inequalities, than non-addicts. As a result, psychological, emotional, and developmental barriers can prevent effective recovery, leaving people traumatised, vulnerable, and doubly stigmatised. The challenge, therefore, is for recovery practitioners, to deliver responses that not only treat biological problems resulting from addiction, but also address psychological, social and cultural needs.
One group of professionals providing holistic approaches to people in recovery are arts-based practitioners. This paper derives from a three-year longitudinal study using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, to examine the psychosocial impact of one community-based drama project called Staging Recovery. The study found the work of theatre practitioners not only provided recovery participants safe spaces to explore sensitive and difficult recovery themes but the use of theatre techniques and ethically driven practice, exposed participants to high-quality, social, cultural, and human capital.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health and Health Services, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0440 Study and Teaching. Research
Divisions: Psychology (new Sep 2019)
Public Health Institute
Publisher: Springer
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2020 10:19
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2020 10:30
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13995

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