Demystifying Addiction through Personal Stories: An Online Educational Resource
Rachel Tester (Principal Investigator), Dr Helen Moriarty, Dr Maria Stubbe.
Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago Wellington.
Welcome to this new online educational resource for learning about addiction directly from people who have experienced it – ordinary people who developed alcohol and other drug problems and are now living full, happy and productive lives.
The resource is intended to help medical and other health professional students understand the psychological, social and cultural drivers of addiction, so that they feel better equipped to help those in need. We also hope it will demystify and destigmatise addiction for health professionals, and be a useful learning tool for anyone interested in understanding recovery from addiction.
Selected video clips from interviews have been grouped together into five broad themes, each containing 2-3 sub-themes.
Use these links to navigate through the themes.
A printable poster has been produced from this project. It is best printed in A3.
Each sub-theme includes questions to consider while watching the clips. Students are invited to download/print out these questions.
About this Resource
Find out more about this resource including why and how it was developed.
PLEASE GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK
Note that this resource is a pilot only. With additional funding we intend to develop it further and would therefore like to hear your views on what would be useful to change / include in the next version. Please help us by filling in the survey below (it will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete). Thank you.
NOTE: Participants in this research are speaking from their own personal standpoints and not as representatives of any organisation including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
Participants have consented to their data being used in the web resource for educational purposes but we ask that all material presented here be treated with respect and NOT reproduced without permission from the University of Otago.