居場所づくりと携帯電話 : 薬物依存からの「回復」経験の諸相 [in Japanese] Controlling Cell Phones to Create ibasho : Aspects of 'Recovery' Experiences from Drug Addiction [in Japanese]
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The Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Center (DARC) is a Japanese organization that was established to support recovering drug addicts. The DARC operates halfway houses in about 60 cities in Japan. In order to investigate the common features and variations of the recovery process experienced by drug addicts, 15 recovering addicts who were attending the 'meetings' at X and Y DARCs, located in major urban areas, were interviewed. One of the research findings is the unique character of information ecology of recovering addicts, in which cell phones provide an almost exclusive access to illegal drugs. As a general rule, X and Y DARCs prohibit inmates from having cell phones. One recovering addict was allowed to own a cell phone after getting a job, and soon had a relapse. Another recovering addict had to change cell phone numbers several times so that people who wanted to use illegal drugs with him could not contact him. An example of creating ibasho was illustrated by the behavior of Mr. H who was in his early 20s and in the early stage of recovery. He had a phone number of a friend at whose place Mr. H wanted to stay in case he was forced to leave Y DARC. After several months at Y DARC, he had become comfortable and threw away the number. Mr. H also had a phone number of a drug dealer. He let the number be known to another recovering addict at Y DARC. That individual had a relapse and was moved to another halfway house. Mr. H's manipulation of phone numbers was interpreted as an attempt to make Y DARC ibasho, a safe, comfortable place where recovering addicts can focus on stopping their use of drugs.
- The Seijo Bungei : the Seijo University arts and literature quarterly
The Seijo Bungei : the Seijo University arts and literature quarterly (221), 158-135, 2012-12