Austin Brown introduces the Six Stage Model for Identity Transformation Through Substance Use Disorder Recovery in a new article

Lerner Graduate Research Affiliate Austin McNeil Brown

In a new paper, Lerner Fellow Austin Brown used grounded theory methodology to reveal common benchmarks, or topographic recovery features, involving the evolution of identity as an inter-negotiated process throughout the addiction and recovery biographies (Charmaz, 2008; Glaser & Strauss, 2017). From this, a six-stage theory model of recovery identity is formulated and explored. This model may help to serve recovery program managers to classify incoming individuals, identify and address needs, and facilitate innovative programming to meet such needs as they relate to the identity transformation process.