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Addiction Trajectories

Addiction trajectories means by:
1) epistemic trajectories traced by categories and concepts as they change over time and move across institutional domains;
2) the therapeutic trajectories of treatments as they move through distinct cultural and organizational settings; and
3) the experiential and experimental trajectories of lives constituted through the terrains of addiction and subjectivity.
Consider these trajectories as ways to deepen your thoughts about how concepts, therapies and experiences of addiction inform one another. For instance, in biomedical facilities where the concept of addiction as “brain disease” is common, drug therapies with methadone or buprenorphine are typically in use, and patients may identify as a person with an imbalanced brain neurochemistry. In religious settings, concepts of illness may involve “spiritual oppression” or “evil,” that is overcome via non-pharmaceutical approaches such as spirit exorcisms or prayer. Patients in these settings may think of themselves as possessed by “evil,” with treatment offering a chance to be “reborn.”
People with addictions who opt for psychedelic treatments may also want to “reset” themselves, but in ways that employ both drug treatment and spirituality. What is your research telling you about concepts, treatments and experiences of addiction with the people and places you’ve chosen to study?
(Choose one)
For example, you may write about different cultural categories or concepts of addiction in Afghanistan and the U.S.
What are the predominant concepts operating in each place, and across national borders?
What do these concepts say about social expectations and norms, available medical treatments, and national legal concerns?

If you write about therapeutic trajectories of treatments, you might consider what treatments are available in Afghanistan, and the U.S.?
How do treatments change, in particular cultural or organizational settings such as religious centers, private or government run hospitals?

If you consider the experiential and experimental trajectories of addicted lives, you might assess how peoples’ experiences of addiction change over time, in new social or economic contexts, or with new national laws or forms of policing.

Be creative, but let your research speak to you.

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