The first of its kind in Australia and around the world, this project involved collecting and analysing the personal accounts of 60 people who describe themselves as having an alcohol or other drug addiction, dependence or habit. These accounts (anonymised) are presented in textual, audio and re-enacted video form on a publicly accessible online resource entitled Lives of Substance, introduced by Kate Holden, author of Australian drug use memoir, In My Skin. The project concluded in 2017.
The aim of the study and the online resource is to generate and present much-needed new insights into the range of experiences that make up life for people who consider themselves to have an addiction, dependence or drug habit. How do people manage this aspect of their lives? How do they cope with the stigma associated with addiction? What kind of help do they seek, where necessary? What do ideas of well-being or recovery mean to them? What resources are important to them? The online resource is available for training, information and public awareness purposes.