Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 36, Issue 5, pp 457–476 | Cite as

Support, Mutual Aid and Recovery from Dual Diagnosis

  • Alexandre B. Laudet
  • Stephen Magura
  • Howard S. Vogel
  • Edward Knight


Recovery from substance abuse and mental health disorders (dual-diagnosis) requires time, hard work and a broad array of coping skills. Empirical evidence has demonstrated the buffering role of social support in stressful situations. This paper investigates the associations among social support (including dual-recovery mutual aid), recovery status and personal well-being in dually-diagnosed individuals (N = 310) using cross-sectional self-report data. Persons with higher levels of support and greater participation in dual-recovery mutual aid reported less substance use and mental health distress and higher levels of well-being. Participation in mutual aid was indirectly associated with recovery through perceived levels of support. The association between mutual aid and recovery held for dual-recovery groups but not for traditional, single-focus self-help groups. The important role of specialized mutual aid groups in the dual recovery process is discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandre B. Laudet
    • 1
  • Stephen Magura
    • 2
  • Howard S. Vogel
    • 3
  • Edward Knight
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Treatment and Services ResearchNational Development and Research Institutes, IncNew York
  2. 2.Institute for Treatment and Services ResearchNational Development and Research Institutes, Inc.USA
  3. 3.Mental Health Empowerment Project, Inc.USA

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