Dynamic Labeling Discernment: Contextual Importance of Self-identifiers for Individuals in Recovery
Recent studies associate identifiers, such as “alcoholic/addict”, with stigma, discrimination, and service deficits. Yet, little is known about why and how self-identifiers are chosen. This study analyzed qualitative responses from individuals (N = 42) in recovery from substance use disorders (SUDs) concerning their use of “alcoholic/addict” or “person with a SUD”. Evaluative structure and generative theories were developed via latent content analysis and grounded theory. Secondary analysis evidenced four thematic constructs: contextual significance, flexibility/rigidity, leveraging identity to counteract stigma, and indications of identity integration/disintegration. Some individuals indicated the contextual utility of certain identifiers, regardless of associated stigma and bias.
Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly
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