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01 October 2020
Mechanisms and mediators of addiction recovery
Addiction recovery is a complex, multi-factorial process that is highly individual and takes time. Although it is commonly accepted that recovery entails much more than abstinence or controlled substance use, the role of professional treatment and other forms of structured support (e.g. peer-support, mutual aid groups) has been contested. Recent research has demonstrated that >40% of those with a lifetime substance use problem recover without formal sources of support. While the notion of self-defined recovery is potentially problematic, clearly treatment is not the only pathway to recovery.
The purpose of this special issue is to advance research on recovery pathways from licit and illicit substances in various countries, to promote studies on mediators like gender, ethnicity, social status, recovery stage and contextual factors, as well as mechanisms of behaviour change (like treatment and mutual aid groups) and to enhance understanding of the experiences of individuals in recovery and what represent contextual barriers and facilitators.
We encourage submissions that address following topics, though we welcome manuscripts on other topics related to addiction recovery:
- Lived experiences of persons in addiction recovery and those immediately affected by substance misuse (e.g. spouses, children, parents and others) about their recovery pathways and relational aspects of recovery
- The role of time in recovery and addiction history, including recovery pathways for substances other than alcohol and opiates
- Gender differences and women’s voices in recovery
- Medically assisted recovery and the ongoing use of prescription drugs
- Longitudinal analyses of recovery and long-term risks including cross-addiction
- Recovery from process addictions including gambling and sex addiction
- Intersectional analyses of addiction recovery and desistance, and addiction and mental health recovery
- Assessment instruments for measuring recovery and recovery capital
- Alternative methodological approaches and ethical considerations when studying recovery
- Theories of and conceptual advances in addiction recovery
- Recovery movements and policies around the globe
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Qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods as well as policy papers are welcomed. We strongly encourage authors to discuss the implications of their findings for the development of policy and practice.
To have an idea of the number and type of papers that will be submitted for this special issue, we request all authors to submit an abstract (250 words max.) by July 1st 2020 emailed to [email protected]. The email subject heading should read “DEPP Special Issue: Addiction recovery”. The editors will inform authors by July 3rd 2020 whether to proceed to full submission. If selected, complete manuscripts will be due on October 1st 2020.
Please select the special issue title when submitting your paper to ScholarOne. All manuscripts are subject to the normal DEPP peer review process. The special issue will be published in March 2021. All accepted papers will be made 'Early online' soon after acceptance.
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