Date of Award
Dr. Leah Seurer
Mrs. Kristen Goettsch
Dr. James Sturdevant
Addiction, Family, Peer Coaching, Conflict Resolution, Communication
When considering the impacts of addiction on society, it is important to include loved ones (LOs) – close friends and family members of those suffering from the chronic disease. The societal burden placed on LOs, in addition to the stress and pain they already experience in the face of addiction, results in an extremely neglected and isolated population. Using deductive thematic analysis procedures, this paper examines the role of LO wellness in person with disease (PWD) recovery by reviewing the impact of peer coaching, a new form of support for LOs. Semi-structured interviews with seven PWD and LO clients of Face It TOGETHER (FIT), an addiction management nonprofit, were analyzed in this study. Five primary themes were identified: “extended stress and overcompensating,” “helplessness,” “improved communication,” “openness to resources” and “mutually beneficial.” Ultimately, peer coaching lead to better communication and relationships, lessened helplessness previously felt by LOs and improved LO and PWD wellness.
Krupinsky, Ally, "Impact Analysis of Loved One Peer Coaching on Persons with the Disease of Addiction" (2018). Honors Thesis. 15.