Renouncing Methamphetamine: A Relational Perspective

Problematizing the classical literature in drug addiction, this article presents a relational theory, specifically making use of the concept of relational being (Gergen, 2009) to amplify the understanding of the process of renouncing methamphetamine without drug treatment intervention.

Two cases from a Ph.D. research  explores the life stories of people who renounced methamphetamine without formal treatment are brought. The analysis resignifies the understanding of using and quitting methamphetamine as an embodied action done in collaboration with others.
This reconstruction of meaning helps in seeing the renouncing of methamphetamine as a relational trajectory in search of new modes of belonging and bonding with others. Such a perspective reveals the relationality of the process which is often being unnoticed and may help practitioners to find alternatives of understanding people who are attempting to quit drugs.
Nepustil, P. & Camargo-Borges, C. (2014). Renouncing Methamphetamine: A Relational Perspective. International journal  of Collaborative Practices. 5(1), 2014: 69-82. Houston Galveston Institute.
ISSN 1941-1987.