Purpose: This article explores the potential for personal and community transformation through storytelling within a therapeutic community through the analysis of one narrative case study.Design/Methodology: The article uses a narrative research design to describe and theorise the individual narrative of a TC client member, Emily , who self identified areas of therapeutic change. Emily TMs story is a single case of personal and community transformation. Analysis focussed on story of her weight loss to understand her changing role to her self and the community.Findings: Emily TMs story reveals the social complexities underpinning individual transformations within a community context.
As Ashis Nandy has often reminded us, victory can be more hazardous than defeat, a more onerous burden to bear; in the words of Romain Rolland, is always more catastrophic for the vanquishers than for the vanquished. It is only a brave and bold European who will be able to read unflinchingly the massive indictment of his civilization delivered in The Blinded Eye. In the 500 years since the voyages commenced, write Sardar et al, generally unhappy features of the European native, his disturbed thinking, his distorted perception and his spiritually barren cultural objectives have been replicated and duplicated mindlessly in all those places and within all those people on whom he sought to impose himself (p.
The newest revision of the diagnostic manual for mental disorders (the DSM 5) has updated the criteria commonly used to diagnose either an alcohol disorder (commonly referred to as alcoholism) or a substance use disorder.According to the DSM 5, a use disorder describes a problematic pattern of using alcohol or another substance that results in impairment in daily life or noticeable distress. As with most addiction problems, despite any consequences a person who has a problem with either alcoholism or drugs suffers, they will generally continue to use their drug of choice. They may make half hearted attempts to stop or cut back their use, usually to no avail.TheDSM 5 states that in order for a person to be diagnosed with a disorder due to a substance, they must display2of the following 11 symptoms within12 months:Consuming morealcohol or othersubstance thanoriginally plannedWorrying about stopping or consistently failedefforts tocontrol one useSpending a large amount of time using drugs/alcohol, or doing whatever is needed to obtain themUse of the substance resultsinfailure to major roleobligations such as at home, work, or school.