Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Recent Research on Substance Use Disorder Recovery Management

  • Michael L. DennisEmail author
  • Christy K Scott
  • Alexandre Laudet
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Scientific advances in the past 15 years have clearly highlighted the need for recovery management approaches to help individuals sustain recovery from chronic substance use disorders. This article reviews some of the recent findings related to recovery management: (1) continuing care, (2) recovery management checkups, (3) 12-step or mutual aid, and (4) technology-based interventions. The core assumption underlying these approaches is that earlier detection and re-intervention will improve long-term outcomes by minimizing the harmful consequences of the condition and maximizing or promoting opportunities for maintaining healthy levels of functioning in related life domains. Economic analysis is important because it can take a year or longer for such interventions to offset their costs. The article also examines the potential of smartphones and other recent technological developments to facilitate more cost-effective recovery management options.


Substance use disorders Continuing care Recovery management Self-help Technology Smartphone 



This work was supported by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant No. DA011323. The opinions are those of the author and do not reflect official positions of the government. The authors would like to thank Brittany Callahan for assistance preparing the manuscript. Comments and questions can be directed to Dr. Michael L. Dennis, Chestnut Health Systems, 448 Wylie Drive, Normal, IL, 61761; Email:, Tel.: 309-451-7801.

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Conflict of Interest

Michael L. Dennis and Christy K Scott have received a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (grant no. DA011323).

Alexandre Laudet has received a consulting fee from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (via Chestnut Health Systems) (grants no. DA011323).

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael L. Dennis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christy K Scott
    • 2
  • Alexandre Laudet
    • 3
  1. 1.Chestnut Health SystemsNormalUSA
  2. 2.Chestnut Health SystemsChicagoUSA
  3. 3.National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.New YorkUSA

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