In a recent issue of the journal Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, Annapolis Coalition Board Member Michael Flaherty and colleagues examine six diverse pathways of long- term addiction recovery. Using qualitative research methods they examine the common and distinct features of each pathway and identify the implications for addiction treatment design and recovery services. The authors conclude that recovery has an observable trajectory, shared themes, and a structure involving three progressive stages.
The full reference is: Flaherty, MT, Kurtz, E., White, W.L., & Larson, A. An interpretive phenomenological analysis of secular, spiritual, and religious pathways of long-term addiction recovery. Alcoholism Treatment Recovery, 32:4, 337-356, 2014.
The article is available online.