Stigma as a Factor in Recovery for Individuals Who Use Drugs
Kayla N. Burdette
The goal of this project is to explore how stigma influences the recovery process of individuals who use drugs. In the past two decades the number of drug overdoses has increased for all age groups. According to the CDC, from 2016 to 2017 the number of drug related overdoses increased 45% (2018). More and more people are becoming physically dependent on these substances. Recovery can be impacted by a number of factors including internal and external stigma as well as various complications with the criminal justice system. The data came from 26 interviews with people involved with the Cache Valley Drug Court in 2016, accessed through the USU Digital History Collections which is publicly available online. NVivo was used to facilitate the qualitative coding process. Results indicate that although drug court can offer supportive services, some find the process overly complicated. Results also identify the impact of stigma on recovering individuals.
Anya M. Galli Robertson, Jeanne Anne Holcomb
Primary Advisor's Department
Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
"Stigma as a Factor in Recovery for Individuals Who Use Drugs" (2021). Stander Symposium Projects. 2257.