Date of Award

December 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

Committee Member

Bryan Miller

Committee Member

Melissa Vogel

Committee Member

Alain Litwin

Committee Member

Irene Pericot-Valverde


The Faces and Voices of Recovery program in Greenville, South Carolina is part of a national recovery advocacy movement utilizing a harm-reduction framework. This study aims to identify how individual agency is accounted for in this harm reduction-based recovery group and by extension, the recovery process. Spanning a four-month discourse collection process, and incorporating partial and complete observations of participants this study identifies four tiers of participation and engagement (1) high engagement successful recovery (2) low engagement successful recovery (3) high engagement struggling recovery and (4) low engagement struggling recovery/disengaged.



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