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Brown, Nanni paper on self-esteem in recovery published in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly

Aug 4, 2021

Self-Esteem in 12-Step Recovery; Theoretical History, Evidence, and Implications for Future Research

Austin McNeill Brown, Mariah Brennan Nanni & Onawa P. LaBelle

Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, November 2020

Recovery from substance use disorder is a complex process whereby an interplay of personal strengths, interpersonal relationships, and contextual factors come together to make recovery possible. New and emerging theories and definitions of recovery are prompting recovery-informed research that places a premium on operationalizing known features of the recovery process into new instruments and methods.

This study hypothesizes that self-esteem plays a central role in the recovery process such that it may one day serve as a benchmark of recovery growth and progress. In this article, the authors use a secondary analysis of an existing dataset to examine self-esteem as a central intrapersonal variable in a sample of people in recovery from substance use disorder (N = 113) and identify correlates with psychological and personality factors associated with recovery. Their findings provide additional evidence that self-esteem, and correlates of self-esteem, may represent a bundle of intrapersonal psychosocial variables that should be considered as essential constructs within recovery-related research, therapeutic technique, and treatment outcome expectancies.