Recovery And Five Different Types Of Individuals

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Recovery And Five Different Types Of Individuals

There’s some discrepancy when it comes to what “recovery” truly means. Those in recovery may have a different definition than those not in recovery. Each and every person may have a different definition or recovery than the person sitting next to them. Recovery may be different based on gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or geographic location. Three doctors, J. Witbrodt, L.A. Kaskutas, and C.E. Grella, set out to find answers. They surveyed 9,341 people and asked them to rate 39 different statements based on recovery. They wanted to find what “in recovery” meant because 6% of American adults say they are in recovery. They wanted to find out what that means. They came up with five different types of individuals who are in recovery. The Recovery Research Institute helped to differentiate the five types, based on the data. It is compiled below. 

12-Step traditionalists

  • 4,912 people comprised the majority of the sample and were the most abstinence-oriented group with the greatest percentages of participants indicating abstinence elements belonged in their recovery definition
  • Over 90% of participants in this class were currently abstinent from both alcohol and drugs.
  • Over 80% identified as being ‘in recovery’

12-Step enthusiasts 

  • 2,014 people comprised the second most group of the sample and also had the strong endorsement of abstinence elements
  • 85% of participants in this class reported abstinence from both drugs and alcohol
  • 75% identified as being ‘in recovery’

Secular class members

  • 980 people comprised this group of the sample and had a lower endorsement of abstinence elements compared to the two above groups. 
  • Less than two-thirds of this group were abstinent from both alcohol and drugs; about a quarter still consumed alcohol
  • 60% identified as being ‘in recovery’ while 20% selected they ‘used to have a problem’

Self-reliant class members

  • 1,040 people comprised this group of the sample and over 75% of participants in this class were currently abstinent from both alcohol and drugs 
  • Labeled as ‘self-reliant’ due to lower endorsement of ‘learning how to get support,’ ‘helping others,’ ‘giving back,’ ‘being able to have relationships,’ and ‘ having non-using friends.’
  • 75% identified as being ‘in recovery’

Atypical class members

  • 382 people comprised this group of the sample and 75% of participants in this class were currently abstinent from both alcohol or drugs
  • Support for spirituality elements in this group was mixed
  • 50% identified as being ‘in recovery’

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