In the United States, an estimated 24.6 million people aged 12 or older use illicit drugs. In 2013, 4.1 million people were treated for alcohol and other substance use disorders yet there continues to be gaps in the research on the factors that sustain recovery from chronic substance use disorders. This research aimed to explore the characteristics of individuals who sustained their recovery from mind or mood altering substances and understand the common experiences and events that initiated and facilitated their recovery process. An online survey was completed by 80 participants who self-reported a minimum of 24 months in recovery. Findings from this mixed method design suggested that spirituality,12-Step fellowships and accepting help were the main factors which caused them to get in to recovery. The most common factor for maintaining long-term recovery was found to be fellowship and being connected with others. Implications for practice and further research are discussed.
|Commitee:||Green, Yolanda, Washington, Alex|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Addiction, Recovery, Substance use disorder|
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