Previously documented evidence suggests that motherhood is potentially an important
time for change in drug-using behaviour. My research interest for this longitudinal
phenomenological study stemmed from practice observations where methadone-treated
women struggled to prove their trustworthiness as mothers. They consistently reported
frustration in the face of continued professional suspicion of their identity as drugusers.
The essence of the phenomenon is therefore described as an existential tension
experienced by breastfeeding mothers in methadone maintenance treatment during the
first 12 weeks of motherhood. The aim of this thesis is to reveal the previously hidden
inter-subjective and social realms of their lived worlds.
|Date of Award||Apr 2014|