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Growing up alcoholic: a story of addiction Innes, Bonny Marie


This study investigated the process one woman went through in becoming dependent on alcohol. The story of the process, and its context, was elicited from the main character and from her sister, brother, and husband. Each participant in the study was interviewed and transcripts were made. The story was developed by integrating information from all the interviews. The process revealed evolved from the interaction of biological, psychological, sociocultural and economic factors. It was grounded in attachment and learning processes. The addictive process was identified as a maladaptive stress-coping cycle that developed a "life of its own" due to the feedforward effect of circular causation.

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