About Substance Use Disorders and Recovery

A substance use disorder (SUD) is a complex medical condition involving brain circuitry, genetics, life experiences and the environment that affects more than 21 million Americans today.

A substance use disorder begins with use, followed by misuse, then increasingly progress into substance use disorders, or for those on the severe scale, addiction. The active phase of substance use disorder is often interrupted by an acute-care event such as an emergency room visit and/or entry into a treatment program.

Recovery is defined as the process of improved physical, psychological, and social well-being and health following a cessation or reduction in substance use.

There is no one definition of early recovery that exists in the field. Some scientists address early recovery as the first 90-day period while others consider it to be the first year to two years of abstinence.

For the purposes of our efforts, we define early recovery as the period of time up to two years following the cessation or reduction of substance use during which significant developmental milestones in the dimensions of purpose and meaning, safe and stable housing, health and well-being, and a networked community of supportive relationships are achieved.

RESEARCH

Recovery Research Institute: What is recovery anyways? A proposed novel way of measuring ‘recovery’, informed by those in recovery and service providers
https://www.recoveryanswers.org/research-post/new-way-to-define-recovery/

Recovery Research Institute: How many tries does it take to resolve a substance use problem? Lessons from a national study of recovering adults in the U.S.
https://www.recoveryanswers.org/research-post/recovery-attempts-review/

Faces & Voices: https://facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/22Life-in-Recovery22-Report-on-the-Survey-Findings.pdf

Faces & Voices: https://facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/10-Reasons-to-Fund-Peer-Recovery-Support-Services.pdf

Recovery Research Institute: Incentivizing Long-term Recovery Through Practice & Policy
https://www.recoveryanswers.org/research-post/incentivizing-long-term-recovery-through-practice-policy/

Recovery Research Institute: Does recovery capital influence treatment benefit?
https://www.recoveryanswers.org/research-post/recovery-capital-treatment-benefit/

Recovery Research Institute: Transitioning from Addiction to Recovery
https://www.recoveryanswers.org/research-post/social-identity-transitioning-from-addiction-to-recovery/