New recovery support institutions: Mobilizing support beyond professional addiction treatment and recovery mutual aid

Citation:

White, W. L., Kelly, J. F., & Roth, J. D. (2012). New recovery support institutions: Mobilizing support beyond professional addiction treatment and recovery mutual aid. Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery , 7 (2-4), 297-317.

Abstract:

 

For more than 150 years, support for the personal resolution of severe and persistent alcohol and other drug problems in the United States has been provided through three mechanisms: family, kinship, and informal social networks; peer-based recovery mutual aid societies; and professionally directed addiction treatment. This article: 1) briefly reviews the history of these traditional recovery supports, 2) describes the recent emergence of new recovery support institutions and a distinctive, all-inclusive culture of recovery, and 3) discusses the implications of these recent developments for the future of addiction treatment and recovery in the United States.