Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Arts

Committee Chair

Candice Lanius

Committee Member

Eletra Gilchrist-Petty

Committee Member

Pavica Sheldon


Substance abuse--Social aspects, Teenagers--Social conditions, Substance abuse--Risk factors


This thesis uses a mix method research design to collect data from entry assessments and a survey administered to current residents of the His Way recovery center. The survey was also administered to a control group of participants that did not have substance use disorders (SUD). This study addresses the potential determinants that may be associated with SUD. The data from the entry assessment shows that the preference or drug of choice for clients in His Way recovery is consistent with compatible data collected in the United states. The results of the survey data suggest that people who suffer from SUD report significantly different beliefs concerning relationships, family dynamics, intimacy, as well as personality traits. The research is significant to developing a better understanding of clients that suffer from SUD and designing assessment tools that provide information that will help facilitate a more thorough addiction recovery program for people that suffer with substance abuse disorders. In the following section relevant literature is covered to help understand the process and possible determinants that could lead someone to struggle with SUD.



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