I made a vow: that I would invest my next 7 months in scientifically researching a connection between Trust, Hope/Faith & Recovery from Addiction.
I have given myself some deadlines:
- gathering of material and background study: from 18 Nov 2015
- start of project Monday 11/01/2016
- start of evaluation Monday 18/04/2016
- start of write-up Tuesday 24/05/2016
- completion by Thursday 30/06/2016
- presentation by Friday 22/07/2016
In order to gather the necessary data for the research, I will need funding for the following (estimate):
- books £100.00
- access to research papers: £100.00
- travel expenses £100.00
- stationery £130.00
- access to Survey Monkey £300.00
- printing £150.00
- ink £20.00
time x writing £100.00 : 20 hr @ £5
time x evaluating £300.00 : 15 hr @ £15
time x interviews £200.00 : 20 hr @ £10
This adds up to a total of £1,500.00 for a research to be carried out over 6 months (£250.00 a month).
The final aim of the research is to understand a possible mean to minimise addiction and relapses in recovery from addiction, reducing also the distress in the families providing understanding, advice, information, and support. Needless to say, that this assists the advancement of a healthy behaviour by the reduction or prevention of addiction and relapse for those in recovery, with consequential reduction of harm and offending. As an outcome, it also provides the advancement of education and progress of the individual supporting sustainable recovery and increasing proactive social involvement.
I am convinced that, follow Erikson 8 psychosocial development stages, the main and first lesson any person should learn in Life (i.e. Trust) is missing in someone in addiction (and hence, recovery). In order to learn Trust in adulthood and during recovery, Hope must be acquired.
The fundamental question that I want to research is:
should Hope be connected to and found via Faith only? What is the difference in relapse time between a believer and a non-believer in recovery? What is the difference in relapse time between someone who is Hopeful and someone who is not?
For this reason, I have opened a Crowd-funding page here. Please, go, have a look, read; and pledge.