By E. Summerson Carr
Scripting Addiction takes readers into the hugely ritualized international of mainstream American habit therapy. it's a international the place medical practitioners review how drug clients talk about themselves and their difficulties, and the place the precise of "healthy" speak is explicitly promoted, conscientiously monitored, and pointed out because the fundamental signal of healing growth. The publication explores the difficult query: why do dependancy counselors commit themselves to reconciling drug clients' courting to language with a purpose to reconfigure their dating to drugs?
to reply to this query, anthropologist Summerson Carr strains the charged interactions among counselors, consumers, and case managers at "Fresh Beginnings," an dependancy therapy software for homeless ladies within the midwestern usa. She exhibits that preserve, foodstuff, or even the custody of youngsters grasp within the stability of daily healing exchanges, resembling medical tests, person treatment periods, and self-help conferences. conscious about the excessive stakes of self-representation, skilled consumers research and learn how to successfully practice prescribed methods of talking, a mimetic perform they name "flipping the script."
As a scientific ethnography, Scripting Addiction examines how a long time of scientific theorizing approximately habit, language, self-knowledge, and sobriety is manifested in interactions among counselors and consumers. As an ethnography of the modern usa, the ebook demonstrates the complicated cultural roots of the robust scientific principles that form healing transactions--and by means of extension administrative exercises and institutional dynamics--at websites akin to "Fresh Beginnings."