Author Sanders, Jolene M., 1962- author
Title Women in narcotics anonymous : overcoming stigma and shame / Jolene M. Sanders
Imprint Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
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Note 1. Introduction: Women, Addiction, and the Double Standard -- 2. Women and their Drugs -- 3. Uncovering Stigma -- 4. Internalizing Shame -- 5. Women's Rap -- 6. Working the Twelve Steps -- 7. Conclusion: Recovery as Feminism of the Everyday
"Women in Narcotics Anonymous" looks at a sample of women in Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and surveys the stigma they perceive and shame they harbor as active and recovering addicts. Past abuse, mental illness, and criminal involvement are just a few of the causes and effects associated with their drug addiction. Moreover, these conditions sever their abilities to properly ascribe to and live up to traditional gender expectations. Therefore, their recovery must confront the causes and conditions of addiction as well as the double standard that they are held to. Once members of NA, these women begin to let go of the shame they feel by working the Twelve Steps. This process is further facilitated by attending women-only groups of NA and identifying with other women like themselves. Even those women who are thought to be most socially marginalized - poor, minority heroin and crack addicts - are able to rid themselves of both the stigma and shame that plagues them once in recovery
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Link Print version: Sanders, Jolene M., 1962- author. Women in narcotics anonymous 9781137440693 (OCoLC)870647066
Subject Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
Women drug addicts -- Rehabilitation
Women drug addicts
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