Alexithymia, Emotional Dysregulation, and Recovery From Alcoholism

Amy R. Krentzman, Margaret M. Higgins, Karen M. Staller, Emily S. Klatt
2015 Qualitative Health Research  
This study is a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial which tested the effects of a gratitude intervention on well-being in a sample of individuals in outpatient treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD). Follow-up qualitative interviews unexpectedly revealed that participants found the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) to be helpful to their recovery in the ways that it asked them to identify and rate their emotions. Participant statements were purposively sampled and
more » ... nalyzed using grounded theory methods to produce a conceptual framework illustrating the process of mood identification and its sequelae. Evidence of existing alexithymia and emotional dysregulation, dominance of negative mood, and increasing ability to identify, accept, and regulate mood as part of recovery was found. Findings suggest that emotion regulation is a compelling topic for those in recovery from AUD, and may deserve a more prominent role in treatment.
doi:10.1177/1049732315577608 pmid:25810468 pmcid:PMC4425592 fatcat:lve2ba7psbcd7p4uwczsin4goe