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Web-Based Recovery Study Seeks Participants


A study funded by the National Institutes of Health is seeking people in recovery from an alcohol or drug problem to participate in a web-based survey. 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.

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.

5 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Davina
    Davina / December 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Hang in there Dave, I truely know how you feel.

  2. Avatar of Beth
    Beth / October 27, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Dave, just a quick note to you. Congratulations on your previous recovery time. Relapse does not have to mean the end of recovery – it just means you have to recommit to it. I do not know anyone who has never relapsed – it is the nature of this illness. All you have to do is make the choice to make Recovery Number 1 in your life again, and do the things that kept you sober for so long – and more if necessary. Relapse is there to learn from – I hope you can do that and move forward. Get your mindset in a place that will support you with this.

    Big hugs,

  3. Avatar of Dave
    Dave / October 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I am trying again to bein recovery. Had 11 years at one time. 7 years another, but have been been struggling for 3 months for the last 5 years. Have 25years in AA and no strength. Through me some words I haven’t heard!

  4. Avatar of Misty LaPerriere
    Misty LaPerriere / July 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I am in recovery and have been clean for four years on August 1, 2012. How can I participate?

  5. Josie Feliz / July 26, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Hi Misty….to learn more and participate, visit the “What is Recovery” website to take the online survey.

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