The Narrative Approach

Narrative Addiction Recovery in a Nutshell

Position of the therapist:

De-centered

NOT KNOWING

Always curious

Wondering

Collaborative

Co-creation of new narratives:

In other words…

Together formulate new languages for problem saturated stories of hopelessness, addiction and despair

Decentred but influential (White 1997)

Not giving advice, solutions or opinions

Not normative judgements or evaluations or positions of authority (Morgan 2000)

Narrative practices hold the person’s ideas and resources at the fore

And decline invitations to be the expert in people’s lives.

The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem, creating a shift in language and attitude

It separates the person’s identity from the problem

Speak differently about problems

Not just a technique or a tool, it’s a belief system

Enables the therapist to join with the client against the problem

Creates space for healing

Untangle problem saturated identities

Creates space where clients can renegotiate their relationships with the problem

Provides relief and a course of action to take

Reduce guilt and blame

Leave room for responsibility