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Alternative Title

Does peer recovery coaching reduce frequency of crisis, relapse, hospitalization, incarceration, DCF involvement, and other public services use in substance abusers?

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Masters Thesis

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Master of Social Work


School for Social Work


Sustance abuse, Peer couseling in rehabilitation, Drug abusers-Rehabilitation, Drug abusers-Services for, Alcoholics-Rehabilitation, Alcoholics-Services for, Recovering addicts-Services for, Peer recovery, Peer recovery coaching, Relapse, Incarceration, Public services


The nation is coming to accept the undeniable reality of a substance abuse epidemic. However, research related to substance abuse and recovery tends to focus on sending individuals through the revolving doors of detoxes, psychiatric hospitalizations, residential programs, incarceration, outpatient programs and other expensive, and often unattainable, programs while failing to address what may be the core pillars of addiction: disconnectedness from others. The present study compared the responses of substance abuse peer recovery participants regarding substance use, quality of life, access to resources and public service use pre and post involvement in peer recovery coaching. This study revealed a correlation between peer recovery coaching involvement and decreases in crisis, substance abuse, incarceration, DCF involvement, and hospitalization. Attachment theory and Self-Psychology frame the study, as it was hypothesized that unpaid, nonclinical peers with similar experiences to participants would coach participants through early sobriety.




vi, 50 pages. Includes bibliographical references (pages 36-40)