Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Laura Boisen

Second Advisor

Maria Dinis

Third Advisor

Jamie Moczynski


Research on the experience of chemically dependent women has evolved over the past two decades. This qualitative study contributes to the increasing research on women's issues by exploring the experience and meaning of recovery for women. An interview guide was used to conduct in-depth interviews with six women about their meanings of recovery and motivation for seeking and maintaining recovery Content analysis was used to find common themes of the recovering experience. Results of the study concluded that recovery for a women is not only sobriety, but also includes change and self-discovery. Findings displayed themes of insight and pain as motivation for seeking recovery and themes of remembering and rewards were displayed as motivation for maintaining recovery Significance of this study is the potential increased understanding and enhanced services for women in recovery. Implications for practice and policy are discussed.


SC 11.MSW.2000.KammerJe.H

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