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Promoting Self-Change From Addictive Behaviors

pp 87-101

Natural Recovery from Alcohol and Drug Problems: A Methodological Review of the Literature from 1999 through 2005

  • José Luis CarballoAffiliated withFacultad de Psicología, Universidad de Oviedo
  • , José Ramón Fernández-HermidaAffiliated withFacultad de Psicología, Universidad de Oviedo
  • , Roberto Secades-VillaAffiliated withFacultad de Psicología, Universidad de Oviedo
  • , Linda Carter SobellAffiliated withCenter for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University
  • , Mariam DumAffiliated withCenter for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University
  • , Olaya García-RodríguezAffiliated withFacultad de Psicología, Universidad de Oviedo

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Recognition of the importance of the self-change or natural recovery phenomenon with addictive behaviors has led to a considerable increase in research in recent years. The first major review article on this topic, published in 2000 by Sobell, Ellingstad, and Sobell, reviewed 38 studies of natural recovery that covered almost 40 years of research.