Recovery From Substance Abuse Among Zimbabwean Men: An Occupational Transition

Clement Nhunzvi*, Roshan Galvaan, Liesl Peters

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Substance abuse is a rising global problem, associated with medical, psychiatric, family, occupational, legal, political, financial, and spiritual problems. Recovery is an important area of consideration in occupational therapy's quest to promoting health and well-being. This narrative inquiry explored the journey of recovery from substance abuse among young adult Zimbabwean men. Three men were purposively selected to participate in in-depth narrative interviews about their occupations during recovery. Data were analyzed using a narrative analysis. Explanatory stories and three superordinate themes illustrated how substance abuse was associated with both positive and negative outcomes. The recovery process emerged as an ongoing occupational transition, influenced by occupational identity and involving changes in occupational participation. Recovery from substance abuse can be conceptualized as an occupational transition. Ongoing participation in "healthy" and meaningful occupations is key factor in this process. Construction of a positive occupational identity is also central.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-22
Number of pages9
JournalOTJR: Occupational Therapy Journal of Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


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