A new blog looks at social connection as an important mechanism for facilitating recovery:
…if having plenty of quality social connections is good for the next person in the street, is it also true for people trying to recover from addictive disorders?
Mark Litt and colleagues from the University of Connecticut conducted a randomised trial on alcoholics in treatment. These patients either had case management, contingency management AND social network, or simply social network connection interventions. The ones connected to sober social networks did better than the other groups. One mind-blowing statistic coming out of this was that ‘the addition of just abstinent person to a social network increased the probability of abstinence for the next year by 27%.’ If this were causal think of the impact this would have on treatment populations. You’d think we’d all be practising this like billy-o now in treatment settings. Sadly we are not.
What’s the best way to improve the social networks of those seeking recovery? Answer: Introduce them to other recovering people.
Read the rest here.