A Stabilizing and Destabilizing Social World: Close Relationships and Recovery Processes in SUD

  • Marius VesethEmail author
  • Christian Moltu
  • Thomas Solgaard Svendsen
  • Sverre Nesvåg
  • Tale Ekeroth Slyngstad
  • Alexander Waagan Skaalevik
  • Jone Bjornestad
Original Article


This qualitative study reports on a thematic analysis of the role that close relationships may play in recovery processes following SUD. Inspired by a framework of research involving service users, interviews with 30 participants who had fully recovered were conducted by interviewers with first-hand experience of the topic of focus. The findings are summarized through a superordinate theme that we have called “a stabilizing and destabilizing social world,” and three broad constituent themes: (a) being entangled in difficult relationships; (b) people provide essential support and stability; and (c) we become different people along the pathway of our lives. We relate our findings to experiential knowledge generated from a recovery perspective, highlight reflexive processes involved in carrying out the research, and discuss implications and limitations of the present study.


Qualitative research Service user involvement Lived experience Recovery Substance use disorder 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marius Veseth
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christian Moltu
    • 2
    • 3
  • Thomas Solgaard Svendsen
    • 4
  • Sverre Nesvåg
    • 4
  • Tale Ekeroth Slyngstad
    • 4
  • Alexander Waagan Skaalevik
    • 4
  • Jone Bjornestad
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Clinical PsychologyUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryDistrict General Hospital of FørdeFørdeNorway
  3. 3.Department of Health and Caring SciencesWestern Norway University of Applied SciencesFørdeNorway
  4. 4.Centre for Alcohol and Drug ResearchStavanger University HospitalStavangerNorway
  5. 5.Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of StavangerStavangerNorway

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