Senior Design

Jordann S. | Product Design | Drexel University

I want to help substance abusers’ loved ones to understand and become aware of their illness in order to cope
with their disease and have self-empowerment.

This blog is for any information and updates relating to my senior project of the year 2013-2014. The goal is to help the social world in a huge way by making a small, but meaningful change.

ADDICTS = SUFFERERS
AFFECTED LOVED ONES = SUPPORTERS
Modeling

Modeling

App design for Supporum™

App design for Supporum

I noticed that the majority of supporters that are taking the initiative to get help (going to Al-Anon meetings, using a therapist, etc.) are over the age of 40.
According to addictions specialists and my secondary research, addiction develops during adolescence, which means the number of supporters in their adolescence is great, but they are receiving little to no help.
Therefore, my design focus is targeted towards (but not limited to) the younger demographic ranging between 18 and mid 30s.

I noticed that the majority of supporters that are taking the initiative to get help (going to Al-Anon meetings, using a therapist, etc.) are over the age of 40.

According to addictions specialists and my secondary research, addiction develops during adolescence, which means the number of supporters in their adolescence is great, but they are receiving little to no help.

Therefore, my design focus is targeted towards (but not limited to) the younger demographic ranging between 18 and mid 30s.

Khloé Kardashian perfectly puts into words how most supporters feel when they finally realize it is time to take care of themselves.  One of the hardest parts of being a supporter:
"I’ve been putting myself aside to save hopefully somebody else’s life and now that I’ve come to terms that I can’t, I have to move on with my life and that means changing a lot,” Khloé Kardashian said.

Khloé Kardashian perfectly puts into words how most supporters feel when they finally realize it is time to take care of themselves.  One of the hardest parts of being a supporter:

"I’ve been putting myself aside to save hopefully somebody else’s life and now that I’ve come to terms that I can’t, I have to move on with my life and that means changing a lot,” Khloé Kardashian said.

These Emotional Heatmaps Could Unlock The Secrets Of How We Feel

There may be a new way to identify and, in turn, control our negative emotions that occur throughout our bodies. Could this relate to the negative emotions that arise when caring for someone with a drug or alcohol addiction? What if we, as supporters, could take a step back and consciously lessen our negative emotions when coping with addiction?

An article from the Philadelphia Inquirer this past Thanksgiving, 11/28/2013, explains an appropriate way for a supporter to approach a suspected sufferer, but supporter can only help when a sufferer wants the help!

Inspired by Clarence Williams’ “Orphans of Addiction”, I gathered photos from the scrapyard in North Philadelphia.