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LIMA, Aluísio Ferreira de. Drug dependency and social psychology: a study on the meaning of therapeutic workshops and the use of drugs from the theory of identity. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2008, vol.20, n.1, pp.91-101. ISSN 1807-0310.

This paper presents the results of a Master's dissertation that investigated the meaningof the therapeutic theater workshop for a person who has been treated at the ambulatory of drug dependency in the city of Diadema, SP. To do so, our analysis is centered on categories of Social Psychology and the concept of Identityn considering to understand the phenomenon not only in its instrumental aspect, but, the context as a whole, in which the individual that uses psychoactive substances is inserted, in the conflicts between tradition vs. modernity, in the consumer market of diagnosis and treatments; with such an approach, proposing a theoretical as much as a political contribution. The research was carried out from the narrative of the participant's life history, which was recorded and transcripted with the consent of the interviewed. Finally, this work weaves some reflections on the question of drug usage and the possibility of change through the therapeutic theater workshop, as well offering subsidy to discuss post-conventional Identities and the possibilities of emancipation.

Keywords : Drug usage; therapeutic workshop; Identity; Social Psychology.

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