Course of recovery from alcoholism

Kamilla L. Venner, Helen Matzger, Alyssa A. Forcehimes, Rudolf H. Moos, Sarah W. Feldstein, Mark L. Willenbring, Constance Weisner

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Abstract

This article represents the proceedings of a symposium at the 2005 Research Society on Alcoholism meeting in Santa Barbara, California, organized and chaired by Kamilla L. Venner. This symposium integrated current empirical research on the course of recovery from alcoholism from multiple perspectives, an aim that is consistent with NIAAA's new focus on the process of recovery. The presentations and presenters were as follows: (1) The Role of Community Services and Informal Support on 7-Year Drinking Outcomes in Treated and Untreated Drinkers, by Helen Matzger; (2) The Sequence of Recovery Events in a Native American Sample, by Kamilla L. Venner; (3) Transformational Change in Recovery, by Alyssa A. Forcehimes; (4) Social Settings and Substance Use: Contextual Factors in Recovery, by Rudolf H. Moos; and (5) A Broader View of Change in Drinking Behavior, by discussant Mark L. Willenbring. A theme connecting the presentations was that treatment is but one discrete aspect to recovery and that sustained recovery is often influenced by an individual interaction with others within a social context. Collectively, presentations underscored the need to think more broadly about factors contributing to the remission of alcohol dependence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1079-1090
Number of pages12
JournalAlcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

Keywords

  • Alcohol Dependence
  • Recovery
  • Social Context

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Venner, K. L., Matzger, H., Forcehimes, A. A., Moos, R. H., Feldstein, S. W., Willenbring, M. L., & Weisner, C. (2006). Course of recovery from alcoholism. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 30(6), 1079-1090. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1530-0277.2006.00121.x