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The Inspiration of Hope in Substance Abuse Counseling


concerning this article should be addressed to Corinne Koehn, School of Education, University of Northern British Columbia, 3333 University Way, Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, V2N 4Z9 (e-mail:


This study used a grounded theory method to explore how counselors inspire hope in clients struggling with substance abuse. Findings from 10 participants revealed that hope inspiration occurred in 3 phases and consisted of several categories of hope-inspiring processes. Implications for counseling practice, counselor education, and research are discussed.