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The Unitary Life Pattern of Persons Experiencing Serenity in Recovery From Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Rushing, Alison M. PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000334284.73730.75

People recovering from addiction to alcohol or drugs often acknowledge the need for complete change in life pattern orientation in a journey toward healing. Serenity is the hallmark of recovery according to the tenets of 12-step programs, but little is known about the actual experience of serenity in healing from addiction. From a perspective of unitary pattern appreciation and a method of unitary appreciative inquiry, this study explored the experience of serenity among 9 people recovering from alcohol and/or drug addiction. Results are portrayed in both individual and group profiles, depicted in a format that integrates empirical findings as poetry.

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro.

Corresponding Author: Alison M. Rushing, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, Georgia Southern University, Box 8158 Statesboro, GA 30460 (

I thank Dr Richard Cowling, whose methodology was used for this exploration. Richard has been my mentor and Buddha. His support has been invaluable. I also thank Dr Elaine Marshall, endowed chair in nursing at Georgia Southern University, for her encouragement, support, and editorial assistance. She believed in me and helped me believe in myself.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.