In an effort to gain more insight into the subjective experience of recovery, and provide a platform for their voices to be heard, this research endeavour focuses on the storied-experiences of recovering addicts as conveyed through life narratives. Through the process of narrative reconstruction, the study will elucidate shifts in meaning-making. The study employed a postmodern social constructionist epistemological lens. Three recovery addicts were recruited from an Ibogaine-assisted rehabilitation centre. Narrative inquiry methodologically navigated this study. A qualitative methodological design was employed. Data was collected using written autobiographical narratives, and semi-structured interviews. Data was analysed using narrative-thematic analysis, which gave rise to six main themes and eight sub-themes. Recovery involved a reconstruction of identity which was informed by shifts in meaning related to love, acceptance, forgiveness, and the acquisition of and identification with new roles. Shifts within their relationship with drugs and the meaning they attached to the accompanying lifestyle, appeared to be vital reinterpretations in their journey. Communal and familial support was identified as a key source of recovery capital. The narratives reflected growth and reparation following addictive stagnation and destruction. Ibogaine was identified as a vital catalyst in the reconstruction of their life narratives. A renegotiation of power and control also informed the transition from addict to recovering addict. Volitional-change was an important feature. Faith and altruism served as important facets in constructing a purposeful recovery narrative. The study allowed for new insights into the experience and meaning of recovery from drug addiction, conveyed through rich idiosyncratic accounts.
Mini Dissertation (MA)--University of Pretoria, 2018.