The Self-Shaman:


addiction

breath


(thesis research, ideation and process)





(problem)

Addiction affects billions of people across the globe, yet the system of treatment is inadequate. How can we assist those who are interested in recovery who have limited access?  





(research strategy)

:first person interviews with stakeholders
    - active and recovering substance users
    - health care providers (psychologists, neurologists, counselors, doctors, etc.)
    - addiction public policy academics and advocates
    - social program providers (harm reduction, housing advocacy, rehab, etc.)
    - friends and family of active and recovering substance users    
: active participation in recovery programs (AA, NA, group therapies)
: medical research (neurological and behavioral trials and studies)
: social history of marketing and public policy of drug use in the United States
: alternative methods for healing and mental health wellness
: participatory workshops
: user testing



(objectives)




“One of the things that we’re doing is we’re providing mindfulness, yoga, guided meditation, sound meditation, for active users… these re pretty low threshold, depending on how they’re done, pretty low cost interventions, that are being used in rehabs, being used in prisons, and then nothing when you get into the real shit, especially if you are someone with limited means.” 

-- Dimitri Mugianis, NYHRE (New York Harm Reduction Educators)







(process)

A collection of objects that
draw attention
to one’s own breath~










A series of forms that physically contain breath~











A series of forms that  metaphorically contain breath~






Mindfulness Therapy “is focused attention on the breath, intended to help individuals retrain their minds from habitually engaging in self-related pre-occupations such as thinking about the past or future, or reacting to stressful stimuli - to more present moment awareness.”
- Judson Brewer, Center for Mindfulness
Mark