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Addiction. 2010 Sep;105(9):1510-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2009.02770.x. Epub 2009 Nov 17.

Continuities and changes in self-change research.

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University of Zurich, Z├╝rich, Switzerland.



A substantial literature demonstrates that natural recoveries from substance use disorders not only occur but are a common pathway to recovery. This article reviews selectively and comments on the current state-of-the-art in natural recovery research.


Basic concepts in natural recovery research are presented, and topical and methodological trends and changes in self-change research over time are discussed.


Although considerable progress has occurred in natural recovery research, several topics deserving of further research are identified, and implications for policy practice are discussed.

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