Recovery identity and wellbeing: is it better to be 'recovered' or 'in recovery'?

BEST, David, IRVING, James, ANDERSSON, Catrin and EDWARDS, Michael (2017). Recovery identity and wellbeing: is it better to be 'recovered' or 'in recovery'? Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 12 (1), 27-36. (In Press)

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Abstract

While there has been debate about the meaning of recovery, there has been little discussion about how people characterise their own recovery experience, in particular whether people describe themselves as 'recovered' (as with a therapeutic community (TC) philosophy) or as 'in recovery' (typically those engaged in 12-step). The paper assesses differences in wellbeing as a function of recovery self-ascriptions, based on the UK Life in Recovery survey. Those who described themselves as 'recovered' or 'ex-addicts' reported better psychological health and lower identification with addicts and recovery, and showed stronger recovery functioning. There are clearly multiple pathways to recovery, and philosophy may impact on both trajectory of recovery and the social identity mechanisms underpinning change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Recovery definition; Wellbeing; Social identity; Addiction identity
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Law and Criminology Research Group
Departments: Development and Society > Law and Criminology
Identification Number: 10.1080/1556035X.2016.1272071
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Depositing User: Michael Edwards
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 10:09
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2017 10:08
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14273

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