“Addiction medicine has long possessed reliable instruments for diagnosing substance abuse disorders (DSM) and for assessing clients’ medical, psychological, social, legal, employment, and alcohol/drug problems (ASI). However, there has not been a way of measuring the opposite end of the problem spectrum–recovery. This changed with the November publication of the results of the NIH-funded “What Is Recovery?” study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The study provides an empirically-derived definition of recovery based on how it is experienced by those who actually live it.
To uncover the definition of recovery, intensive qualitative and quantitative research was done, culminating in an online survey that was completed by 9,341 people from different pathways to recovery. The pathways included treatment, 12-step groups, non-12-step groups, medication-assisted recovery and natural recovery (no treatment, no support groups). The study identified 39 recovery elements that make up the definition of recovery. The elements are grouped into five areas: abstinence in recovery, essentials of recovery, enriched recovery, spirituality of recovery and uncommon elements of recovery.”
Source: ASAM.org – April 10, 2015