What is Addiction Recovery?

Posted on July 3, 2012

Nationwide survey to determine how people define recovery

Help AlcholicSMART Recovery is excited to partner with federally-funded scientists on the first nationwide survey about recovery from alcohol and other drug problems. Specifically, the project’s goal is to learn how people experience and define recovery. This has never been done before. Note that for this project, the word “recovery” is used as a general term to describe the experience of anyone who used to have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs and no longer does, not just people who consider themselves ‘in recovery’.

For the survey results to be as useful as possible to the recovery community and to the field in general, it is very important that as many people as possible participate in the project, and that the researchers get responses from a broad range of individuals and experiences.

To that end, SMART is pleased to be one of the many organizations nationwide that are helping the study team get the word out about the survey. The 20 minute anonymous survey will be administered on the web at the project’s website starting in July 2012. Your answers will be kept strictly confidential and all the results reported in group form.

Your experiences are important! We hope that you will consider taking the survey to contribute to this landmark project.

3 thoughts on “What is Addiction Recovery?

  1. Admin Post author

    Malakai and Caren:

    Thank you for your posts. Please be sure to use the link to the project’s website (see the original blog post) to participate in the survey.

  2. Caren

    I can remember being 8 day clean off of crack cocaine like it was yesterday however, it has been many years! My body was vibrating from the inside out and everything felt uncomfortable; just being in my own body with myself felt weird! Be gentle with yourself and allow GOD to love and heal you in his time, at least that is what I believe and so far I remain happy, joyous and free as well as above ground! Pray a lot and develop a relationship with a GOD of your understanding OR….you may borrow mine, you see I have learned to share in recovery which was a H U G E thing for me because as a small child I would walk around and touch everything in the home and repeat “mine”! Also, sometimes it might be one minute at a time or one hour instead of one day and KNOW that you can do it and that it is much easier to be clean and sober and want to drink or use than be drunk or high and want to be clean or sober!!!


  3. Malakai

    I would like to say addiction has been apart of my life for the past 25 years. I’m 41 years old. It has took me on the ride of my life. A ride I would not wish on my worst enemy. Which at this point would be my self. Crack cocain is my addiction very srong addiction. I have been free from it for 8 days now. I feel good about the clean time I have now. I will fight this addiction not by my self but with the help of my god and my new friends here at SMART. RECOVERY.

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