The use of self-disclosure: Lived experiences of recovering substance abuse counselors

Carson C. Ham, Kai Dawn Stauffer Lemasson, Jeffrey Hayes

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This phenomenological investigation explored the lived experiences of recovering substance abuse counselors regarding their use of self-disclosure of their personal histories of addiction with clients in counseling for substance abuse-related issues. A total of 10 recovering counselors were interviewed and asked to describe in detail their uses of self-disclosure, changes in frequencies, amount, and rationale for use or nonuse of self-disclosure. The interviews were analyzed for patterns in recovering counselors' lived experiences related to self-disclosure, and themes related to rationale for and against the use of self-disclosure, benefits, and drawbacks of self-disclosure were identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)348-374
Number of pages27
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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