Experiences of addiction, treatment

Experiences of addiction, treatment, and recovery

This project is the first of its kind in Australia and around the world. It will collect and analyze the personal accounts of people who describe themselves as having a drug habit, dependence, or addiction, and present these (anonymized) accounts in textual, audio and re-enacted video form on a publicly accessible web site. The aim of the study is to generate much-needed new insights into the range of experiences that make up life for people who consider themselves to have a drug habit, dependence or addiction.

How do people manage this aspect of their lives? How do they cope with the stigma associated with it? What kind of help do they seek, where necessary? What do ideas of well-being or recovery mean to them? What resources are important to them? The resulting web site will be available for training, information and public awareness purposes.

Funding body:

Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP140100996, 2014 – 2016)


Professor Suzanne Fraser, NDRI, Curtin University

Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic, Monash University

Professor David Moore, NDRI, Curtin University

Professor Carla Treloar, University of NSW

Associate Professor and Dr Adrian Dunlop, Hunter New England Area Health Service

Research team:

Dr. Kiran Pienaar, Research Associate, NDRI, Curtin University

Ms. Ella Dilkes-Frayne, Research Assistant, Monash University

Advisory Panel:

Ms. Colleen Blums, Drug and Alcohol Nurses Australasia

Ms. Anna Keto, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Mr. Danny Jeffcote, North Yarra Community Health

Ms. Debbie Kaplan, NSW Health

Ms. Jenny Kelsall, Harm Reduction Victoria

Ms. Edita Kennedy, Association of Participating Service Users

Associate Professor Lynne Magor-Blatch, Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association

Mr. Brad Pearce, Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association

Ms. Julie Rae, Australian Drug Foundation

Professor Ann Roche, National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

Mr. Robert Stirling, Network of Alcohol and other Drugs

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