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Title: Responding to AUD in Sudbury, Ontario through the senses of architectural intervention: a metamorphosis of body, mind, and soul
Authors: Radvansky, Jozef Miguel
Keywords: Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD);architectural senses;metamorphosis;rehabilitation;healing addictions
Issue Date: 22-Jun-2021
Abstract: Life is a story of recovery. Some people that undergo a traumatic experience try to cope in an unhealthy way. “When humans face a challenge or threat, they have a partly physical response. The body activates resources that help people either stay and confront the challenge or get to safety as fast as possible.” 1 After these traumatic experiences, often adults turn to alcohol and substances to numb their feelings and, as a result, this behaviour can lead to addictions. Major health issues can arise from substance abuse and in worse case scenarios, death. An article from Health Essentials explains that “patients who show up with liver problems have been long time drinkers but have also experienced something in their life that’s caused an uptick in their recent alcohol use.” 2 In the year 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire world. This pandemic has caused people to remain in their home for extended periods of time. Due to increased stress levels from this experience, there has been an increase in alcohol consumption. As an article in Addition Rehab Toronto stated, “with increased feelings of anxiety and stress resulting from COVID-19, alcohol intake has increased in Canada. According to new data, alcohol sales have increased considerably compared to last year’s number.” Architecture plays a significant role in our daily lives and these spaces are specific to our experiences which influence our choices. Bars have been designed for the consumption of alcohol, drinking culture is heavily embedded into human societies. Some of the oldest bars first established in Canada date back to 1789. 4 The concept of Rehab centres is relatively new in our global culture. “Small rehab facilities have been operating since 1840.” 5 Rehab centres are designed to support patients with addictions through the rehabilitation process. How can architectural design foster the recovery of people recovering from addiction? The city of Greater Sudbury, Ontario, is in need of a new type of Health facility. One which enhances the assets of the addiction rehabilitation task force composed of organizations such as Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres, Monarch Recovery Services, Health Science North, Northwood Recovery Clinic, CAMH and AA. This thesis will explore the connection between our built environments, the senses and how these spaces can contribute to the recovery process.
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