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The journal of mental health administration

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 332–339 | Cite as

An exploratory study of male recovering substance abusers living in a self-help, self-governed setting

  • Leonard A. Jason
  • Joseph R. Ferrari
  • Barbara Smith
  • Patricia Marsh
  • Paula A. Dvorchak
  • Erik J. Groessl
  • Margaret E. Pechota
  • Margaret Curtin
  • Peter D. Bishop
  • Eva Kot
  • Blake S. Bowden
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Abstract

Adult men (n=132; 92% of the population) with histories of alchol/drug use disorders were interviewed upon their entry to 11 Oxford Houses located in the state of Illinois. Individuals still in residence at a six-month follow-up (n=48) were reinterviewed; prior to the follow-up interview, 42 men had left voluntarily and 42 men had been evicted for abuse or disruptive behavior. The men remaining in residence tended to be older (M age=37 years), were disproportionately African American (56%), and were less pessimistic about their future. At the intake interview, individuals who would be evicted reported a lower expectation for abstinence social support from the other residents in Oxford House. The Oxford House model of social support for recovery from alcohol and drug dependence appears to help some residents maintain sobriety.

Keywords

Substance Abuse Treatment Substance Abuse Service Spiritual Growth Personality Conflict Adolescent Substance Abuser 
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© Association of Mental Health Administrators 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonard A. Jason
    • 1
  • Joseph R. Ferrari
    • 2
  • Barbara Smith
    • 3
  • Patricia Marsh
    • 1
  • Paula A. Dvorchak
    • 1
  • Erik J. Groessl
    • 4
  • Margaret E. Pechota
    • 5
  • Margaret Curtin
    • 1
  • Peter D. Bishop
    • 1
  • Eva Kot
    • 1
  • Blake S. Bowden
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyDePaul UniversityChicago
  2. 2.DePaul UniversityChicagoUSA
  3. 3.University of San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  4. 4.San Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA
  5. 5.Illinois Institute of TechnologyChicago
  6. 6.Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA

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