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ERIC Number: EJ841725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1050-9674
Natural Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Addiction among Israeli Prisoners
Chen, Gila
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, v43 n3 p1-17 2006
This study examined differences in the sense of coherence, anxiety, depression, hostility, behavior, and meaning in life among Israeli prisoners recovering from drug and alcohol addiction over various time periods (6-24 months), and without therapeutic intervention (natural recovery). Ninety-eight abstinent prisoners were divided into two groups: Group 1 comprised participants who had been drug abstinent up to six months, and Group 2 comprised participants who had been abstinent between 6 and 24 months. Group 2 participants exhibited a higher sense of coherence, and meaning in life, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and better behavior. The findings indicate that natural recovery is possible among addicted prisoners and furthermore, that personal and emotional changes are associated with the duration of abstinence. Understanding the natural recovery process could help in designing more effective and accessible treatment services as well as shed light upon what might trigger and perpetuate the recovery process. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Depression Inventory; State Trait Anxiety Inventory