Climbing as help for substance addiction

A few years ago I suggested a research topic to my friend Szere. 

 

After regularly coaching groups who suffered from substance addictions, and seeing the many positive effects that happened to most (but not all) of those people, I always knew that some form of formal scientific research would be fantastic to back these observations up. The positive effects I'd seen included an almost meditative mental focus, the stimulation of pleasure and thrill receptors, and trust in both self and others.

 

Szere is now looking for subjects who might wish to share their experiences, which will help others in the future. If you are based near Bristol in the UK and wish to help then please drop her an email.

 

DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE OF CLIMBING AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE? WILLING TO SHARE YOUR STORY?

 

If you are:

 

• Above 18 years of age

 

• In recovery or have experience of recovery from substance addiction (for instance drug, alcohol)

 

• Have experience of climbing formally or informally and would like to share your experience, I would love to hear from you, email me on: 

 

Szerenke2.kovacs@live.uwe.ac.uk

 

I am a climber myself and also a trainee Counselling Psychologist at the University of the West of England.

 

My Doctoral research project aims to explore individuals’ personal experiences of substance addiction and climbing.

 

I would like to invite participants to an interview, lasting about 60 minutes, which will contain several open-ended questions and will give the opportunity to reflect on own personal experience of substance addiction and climbing.

 

If you know of someone who might be interested to take part, please feel free to share this message!

 

Many thanks!