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Rugkåsa, J., Canvin, K. (2017) Mental Health, Coercion and Family Caregiving: Issues from the International Literature. British Journal of Psychiatry International 14(3): 56-58
This article summarises current knowledge about two aspects of family care for people with mental illness: potentially pressurising or coercive aspects of family life; and family carers’ experiences of being involved in coercive service interventions. There is a paucity of studies on these topics, especially outside Europe, North America and Australasia, and further research is recommended.
Chambers, S., Canvin, K., Sinclair, J., Baldwin, D. (2017) Identity in Recovery from Problematic Alcohol Use: A Qualitative Study of Online Mutual Aid. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 174: 17-22.
- Interviews explored engagement with online mutual aid for problematic alcohol use.
- Three key stages of engagement were identified: lurking, participating and leading.
- Online networks afford users control over how they present themselves.
- Results highlight the role of identity construction processes in recovery.
- Identities constructed online may help to change offline alcohol-related identities.
Aim To explore how engagement with online mutual aid facilitates recovery from problematic alcohol use, focusing on identity construction processes.
Design Qualitative in-depth interview study of a maximum variation sample.
Setting Telephone interviews with UK-based users of Soberistas, an online mutual aid group for people who are trying to resolve their problematic alcohol use.
Participants Thirty-one members, ex-members and browsers of Soberistas (25 women, 6 men): seven currently drinking, the remainder with varying lengths of sobriety (two weeks to five years).
Findings Three key stages of engagement were identified: 1) ‘Lurking’ tended to occur early in participants’ recovery journeys, where they were keen to maintain a degree of secrecy about their problematic alcohol use, but desired support from likeminded people. 2) Actively ‘participating’ on the site and creating accountability with other members often reflected an offline commitment to make changes in drinking behaviour. 3) ‘Leading’ was typically reserved for those securely alcohol-free and demonstrated a long-standing commitment to Soberistas; leaders described a sense of duty to give back to newer members in early recovery and many reported an authentic identity, defined by honesty, both on- and off-line.
Conclusions Engagement with online mutual aid might support recovery by affording users the opportunity to construct and adjust their identities in relation to their problematic alcohol use; individuals can use the parameters of being online to protect their identity, but also as a mechanism to change and consolidate their offline alcohol-related identity.