Lives of Substance: Personal stories of alcohol and other drug addiction, dependence or habit

Suzanne Fraser, Kiran Merle Pienaar, Ella Dilkes-Frayne, Renata Kokanovic, David R. Moore, Carla Treloar, Adrian Dunlop

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Welcome to Lives of Substance. This website has two aims. First, it aims to support people who consider themselves to have an alcohol or other drug addiction, dependence or habit, and second, it aims to inform the public by sharing personal stories of these experiences. Why this website now? The media has long been filled with stories of addiction and drug use, but these stories often rely on stereotypes and offer few clues about the range of people affected by addiction issues, the variety of experiences people have and the many ways they cope and even thrive. Lives of Substance aims to fill in the many gaps in public discussions of addiction, to counter stigmatising misconceptions, and to promote understanding and more effective community responses.

The website is based on a carefully conducted research project that collected detailed life stories of people who consider themselves to have an addiction, dependence or drug habit. These stories were analysed by a team of highly experienced researchers, and key themes were identified. These are presented here using video re-enactments, original audio recordings and written extracts from the interviews.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCurtin University
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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