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RECOVERY FROM ALCOHOL OR OTHER DRUG USE DISORDERS IS DEFINED IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT WAYS

Recovery Definitions

There is no single definition of recovery. Many people interpret recovery to be complete abstinence, while others believe this term is synonymous with remission, and still others associate recovery with quality of life indicators.    

 

See the table below for a progression of different definitions of recovery over time:

Definitions of Recovery (J.F. Kelly & Hoeppner, 2014)

CITATIONS

Kelly, J. F., & Hoeppner, B. (2015). A biaxial formulation of the recovery construct. Addiction Research & Theory, 23(1), 5-9.

 

 

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