In empirical accounts of self-help processes, it is often argued that individuals “self-stigmatise” (Corrigan, P, W., and Rao, D. 2012 On the Self-Stigma of Mental Illness: Stages, Disclosure and Strategies for Change, in Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, vol, 57, Issue 8.), wherein they self-identify as “diseased”, label themselves “addict” then fashion a new “in recovery” addicted identity. Using the social identity approach to recovery as a framework and empirical data from 36 qualitative interviews with individuals in recovery this chapter theoretically explores self-help processes. We examine the ways in which self-help users negotiate the concepts of “stigma” and an “addicted identity” in traditional types of 12 step self-help groups. Based on data from study in the Northeast of England, we propose the following typology of self-help users, highlighting variations of “The Addicted Identity” and complex experiences captured in self-help groups: Defender of the Legacy, Partial Appropriator and Repudiator.
|Title of host publication||Drugs Identity and Stigma|
|Editors||william Mcgovern, michelle addison , ruth McGovern|
|Place of Publication||Switzerland|
|Number of pages||24|
|ISBN (Print)||9783030982850, 9783030982881|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Jul 2022|