The impact of trauma on drug users' identities

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This article addresses drug users' identity construction, and invites counsellors, psychotherapists, researchers and others who work with drug misusers to notice how cultural and societal discourses can shape drug misusers' stories, and the positions from which helpers listen and respond to them. By representing and analysing parts of two life stories, gathered as part of a wider narrative inquiry, this article draws attention to the learning embedded in a person's story about how traumatic life experiences shaped their drug misuser identity during adolescence and young adulthood. It suggests that by focusing on identity construction and reconstruction we can enable drug users to identify the discourses that have shaped their identities and thereby open up spaces for new and more hopeful stories of identity to emerge.
Translated title of the contributionThe impact of trauma on drug users' identities
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455 - 469
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007


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