The Lived Experiences of African American Women in Natural Recovery: Re-Envisioning the Role of Counselors

Taheera N. Blount, Elizabeth A. Prosek, Kelly King, Craig Brookins, David C. Fitzpatrick

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Recovery from substance misuse is complex and requires an individual’s desire and readiness for change. Specifically, for African Americans, additional factors such as social equity and access to culturally responsive treatments can complicate the recovery process. In this secondary analysis of a transcendental qualitative phenomenological study, researchers explored how eight African-American women navigated their change process in natural recovery. Researchers identified the following emergent themes: (a) focused on the drug; (b) engagement in risky behavior; (c) desire to be free; (d) Damascus Road experience; (e) plea to higher power; (d) geographical cure; (e) self-liberation in commitment; and (f) new associations. Findings are conceptualized through the Transtheoretical Model framework. Implications emphasize the importance of counselors’ outreach role in their communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal for the Advancement of Counselling
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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