Recovery Capital and Quality of Life in Stable Recovery From Addiction

Deirdre O’Sullivan, Yi Xiao, Justin R. Watts

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Quality of life is becoming an increasingly important outcome measure in both relapse prevention research and rehabilitation counseling research. Recovery capital is a collection of the people and resources believed to contribute to long-term recovery from addiction. Recovery capital indicators were assessed along with quality of life in a national sample of peer support participants in stable recovery (n = 76) to determine which recovery capital indicators relate to quality of life at this stage. Results reveal that relapse history, refusal self-efficacy, and self-stigma significantly explained about 23% of quality of life in our sample. A discussion of recovery stages and recovery capital is included, as well as implications for rehabilitation counseling practice and research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-221
Number of pages13
JournalRehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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