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Helping Children of Rural, Methamphetamine-Involved FamiliesThe Case of Rural Illinois$
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Wendy Haight, Teresa Ostler, James Black, and Linda Kingery

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326055

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326055.001.0001

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Recovering Mothers’ Experiences and Perspectives

Recovering Mothers’ Experiences and Perspectives

(p.61) Chapter Five Recovering Mothers’ Experiences and Perspectives
Helping Children of Rural, Methamphetamine-Involved Families

Wendy Haight

Teresa Ostler

James Black

Linda Kingery

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the perspectives and experiences of four mothers in recovery from addiction to methamphetamine. Mothers vividly described the rapid loss of control that can occur with methamphetamine misuse, as well as the power of the addiction. They described their illness as impacting their children's physical and psychological well-being including through exposure to domestic violence, adult substance misuse, and other anti-social behavior, and loss of important relationships. They expressed concern that their children would misuse drugs. Women described recovery as possible only with significant external support, and they reported lasting physical, psychological, and social side effects of their illness. Understanding mothers' experience of methamphetamine addiction can increase our awareness of this illness suggesting strategies for engaging them in intervention.

Keywords:   methamphetamine misuse, methamphetamine abuse, mothers' experience, parental substance misuse, parental substance abuse, anti-social behavior, recovery

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