The Elephant That No One Sees: Natural Recovery among Middle-Class Addicts

ArticleinJournal of drug issues 26(1):45-61 · December 1996with275 Reads
Impact Factor: 0.38 · DOI: 10.1177/002204269602600104


    Examined the characteristics of middle-class alcoholics and drug addicts who terminated their addictions without the benefit of treatment. Using what is commonly referred to as natural recovery processes, respondents terminated their addictions without formal treatment or self-help group assistance. Data for this study were based on in-depth interviews with 46 alcoholics and drug addicts. The postaddict identities of the Ss were examined to see how they viewed themselves in relation to their addictive past. Their reasons for avoiding treatment and self-help groups were also explored, as were factors in the Ss' lives that promoted natural recovery. Relevance for clinical treatment and social policy are examined. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)