Adults in Recovery
Alcohol Research Group
Their description: Many former problem drinkers and other substance users who are now trying to pursue an improved way of living, say that they are “in recovery.” Yet with its frequent use, there is no agreed-upon definition of the term recovery. For instance:
- Does recovery require abstinence?
- Can someone be “in recovery” if they are still drinking or using?
- Is recovery more than just being clean and sober? If so, how is that defined?
Scientists at the Alcohol Research Group want to answer these questions, and we need help from people who used to have a problem with alcohol or drugs–an experience some call being in recovery. The goal is to develop a way of measuring recovery that will illustrate the constructive personal and social ways of being that are associated with recovery. Unlike those in recovery from other chronic disorders, such as cancer, many people in recovery from alcohol or drug problems are cautious about announcing their recovery status. So are their family members. This study should help to dispel the stigma that those in recovery still face.