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About Addiction Oral History Project

The transcripts and podcasts for the Addiction Oral History Project are the result of a semester’s work by the Spring 2015 undergraduate internship class to explore historians’ understanding of the complex phenomenon of addiction. The transcripts of this product include interviews with former addicts, treatment providers, addiction researchers, drug historians, and representatives from the criminal justice system. Longtime drug users from a variety of backgrounds discussed their thoughts on what causes addiction and what it means to be “recovered,” and academics, clinicians, and others also offered their own perspectives on these questions based on years of professional observation. Several interviews feature the onset and maintenance of addiction, law enforcement protocol, demographic changes, and life in cities like Gainesville and Jacksonville since the 1960s.