This article presents the results of a qualitative study on lesbians’ recovery from addiction. The study involved semi-structured interviews with 20 lesbians in recovery from addiction and was analyzed using grounded theory method.
The central theme that emerged was self-acceptance, both as a lesbian and as a recovering alcoholic/addict, with considerable interaction between the two.
Categories that contributed to this theme were
- learning to recover,
- relationships with other people, and
- relationship with something bigger than self.
The discussion addresses how this information can be used to assist lesbians trying to recover from addiction.
Research report; Connie R. Matthews, Peggy Lorah, Jaime Fenton, Toward a Grounded Theory of Lesbians’ Recovery from Addiction, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Volume: 9 Issue: 3, 2005 Page Range: 57 – 68