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Web-Based Recovery Study Runs Through October 31


A web-based survey for people in recovery from an alcohol or drug problem will be available until October 31. The “What is Recovery” study is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The researchers hope the study will help dispel the stigma that those in recovery face.

The goal of the “What is Recovery” study is to develop a definition of recovery that reflects the wide range of people who say they are in recovery, or recovered, or used to have a problem but do not now, or are in medication-assisted recovery. More than 8,700 people have completed the survey so far.

The first part of the study included 238 people who completed online surveys, and 54 who completed in-depth telephone interviews. The second phase of the study contains 47 possible definitions of recovery, which were developed based on the study’s first phase. The researchers hope to reach more than 10,000 people with Phase 2 of the study, to obtain as many perspectives on their definitions of recovery as possible.

The researchers hope to answer questions such as whether recovery requires abstinence, whether someone can be “in recovery” if they are still drinking or using, and if recovery is more than just being clean and sober.

People participating in the study, conducted by the Alcohol Research Group, do not have to provide any personal identifying information. The researchers will not be able to identify participants. Answers to the web survey are confidential. To participate, you must be at least 18, and consider yourself as being in recovery from an alcohol or drug problem. Visit the “What is Recovery” website to take the online survey.

1 Response to this article

  1. Avatar of Glenn Richardson
    Glenn Richardson / October 31, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I have thirty years recovery from alcohol and other drugs and I define recovery thusly: Abstinence from all mind altering chemicals; participation in a mutual support group comprised of others in recovery; Accepting life on life’s terms. practing wellness oriented, balanced (physical, mental, emotional, spititual) lifeskills; accepting help from others.
    Thank You for allowing me to participate in this survey


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