The Varieties of Recovery Experience: A Primer for Addiction Treatment Professionals and Recovery Advocates


William White, MA and Ernest Kurtz, PhD (2006).  The varieties of recovery experience. International Journal of Self Help and Self Care, 3(1-2), 21-61.

Abstract: The study of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) is historically marked by three stages: 1) the investigation of AOD-related social and personal pathologies, 2) the development of personal and social interventions aimed at resolving AOD problems, and 3) a focus on the prevalence and patterns of long-term recovery from AOD problems. This essay honors this transition from addiction and treatment paradigms to a recovery paradigm by exploring the growing varieties of pathways and styles through which people are resolving serious and persistent AOD-related problems.

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