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Wellbeing in Addiction Recovery: Does It Differ across Addictions?

Corner, T., Arden-Close, E. and McAlaney, J., 2023. Wellbeing in Addiction Recovery: Does It Differ across Addictions? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20 (14), 6375.

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DOI: 10.3390/ijerph20146375


Limited research has been conducted on the experiences of individuals in long-term recovery from addiction, and addictions are usually studied in isolation. However, no theories of addiction differentiate between addictions or assume that individuals will experience only one addiction. This study aimed to compare affect between individuals with addictions to drugs and alcohol and to explore how QoL changes in long-term recovery from addiction. Individuals in recovery from addiction (n = 115; 52.2% male) were recruited via snowball sampling on social media signposted by an addiction rehabilitation charity. Participants completed questionnaires about QoL (WHOQOL-Bref) and positive and negative affect (PANAS-X). The main primary addictions were drugs (76.5%) and alcohol (21.7%), with 69.7% reporting multiple addictions including food, sex, internet, and gambling. Affect and coping strategies did not differ by addiction. QoL appeared to improve with time in recovery. The high percentage of multiple addictions and greater similarities than differences between individuals with drug and alcohol addictions suggest that addictions should not be studied in isolation when studying psychological health during long-term recovery.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:addiction; quality of life; recovery; retrospective recall; wellbeing; Humans; Male; Female; Quality of Life; Behavior, Addictive; Alcoholism; Surveys and Questionnaires; Mental Health; Gambling
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:38855
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:08 Aug 2023 13:27
Last Modified:08 Aug 2023 13:27


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