"Natural Recovery" from substance dependence: Why do people change?

Student, A., (2015) "Natural Recovery" from substance dependence: Why do people change? Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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The recovery movement has been gaining momentum in the UK over the last few years, and with recovery being a central theme in UK drug and alcohol policy research, supporting evidence of effective practice aimed at aiding recovery is hugely important. More individuals with substance dependency problems recover naturally than through formal treatment. This narrative literature review aims to explore mechanisms for change in natural recovery, and explore how current evidence can inform social work practice in the UK. Difficulties in defining key concepts proved to be barriers to obtaining significant evidence. Common themes for natural recovery revolved around "maturation theory" and "recovery capital". These are also similar themes for those who seek and are in treatment, suggesting that mechanisms for change are often the same regardless of professional engagement. Despite very little supporting evidence based in the UK, commonalities across and within cultures allow for reasonable confidence in applying current research to UK practice. The research highlights the importance of harm reduction, community level interventions, and positive working relationships between professional and service user in the substance misuse field. Such work allows for service users to remain in control of their recovery trajectory, and also increases ability to access recovery capital. A need for a change in public perception of substance use and dependence is also highlighted. Further UK-based research is needed to improve the current evidence base, in order to inform professional practice and future policy and legislation.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Social Work
Uncontrolled Keywords: Substance abuse, substance misuse, substance dependence, natural recovery, maturation theory, recovery capital, drugs, alcohol
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV40 Social service. Social work. Charilty organisation and pracitce
Divisions: Undergraduate Dissertations
Departments > Social Work
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2015 08:24
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2015 08:22
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/1431

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