Also known as “Addiction Recovery: A Selected Bibliography of Professional Publications and Scientific Studies,” the Recovery Research Bibliography is a comprehensive repository of scientific studies originally developed by William L. White and edited by Rita A. Chaney, and has to-date amassed over 5,000 citations on recovery theory and research literature. The goal was to capture scientific and professional papers specifically related to addiction recovery or that provide insights into the prevalence, pathways, processes, styles, and stages of addiction recovery. The Recovery Research Institute (RRI) has been gifted the distinct honor of maintaining and updating the Bibliography, and in approaching this valuable undertaking, we discussed how to best continue the Bibliography and ensure citation selection remains a systematic and transparent process. With that in mind, we developed a set of inclusion criteria and a systematic electronic database search that is updated on a quarterly basis.

The search strategy was developed and implemented by Melis Lydston, a medical librarian and Knowledge Specialist for Research & Instruction at the Treadwell Library. Electronic searches for published literature were conducted using Ovid MEDLINE (1946 to present), (1947 to present), Web of Science (1900 to present), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) via Ovid (1991 to present) and PsycInfo (1967 to May Week 2 2023). The initial search was run in May of 2023. The search strategy incorporated controlled vocabulary and free-text synonyms for the concepts of youth, adults, substance abuse disorders, treatment, and recovery. Search strategies for each database can be found here. The full database search strategies are documented in Appendix 1. No restrictions on language were applied. An adapted age filter was used and a date limit from 2022 to present was used. The most recent search was conducted in June of 2023.

Originally developed by:

• William White, MA

• Rita Chaney, MS, LMHC


The Bibliography is currently maintained by:

• Alexandra Abry

• Shane George

• Emily Hennessy, PhD

• John Kelly, PhD, ABPP

• Morgan Klein

• Melis Lydston, MLS

• Jenny O’Connor

• Christopher Rattan, MPH

Please see here for access to the Recovery Research Bibliography:

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