Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award


Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project


Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Margaret Manoogian

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks




Heroin and other opiate dependence is a disease that affects the user, interpersonal relationships, and the surrounding community. Due to societal stigmatization of heroin addiction, it can be difficult to help the wider community see the need for more effective intervention and prevention efforts. The purpose of this study was to better understand risk factors of dependency by examining the life courses of individuals who have been through addiction, treatment, and are currently in recovery. Early childhood experiences, specifically parental abuse and social rejection, combined with substance abuse as a model for coping, were found to be influential in the development of addiction. Social support and self -awareness during and post -treatment were effective components of sustaining recovery.