Longitudinal Changes in Recovery from Drug Use Disorders: A National Study

Summary

This project used two waves of nationally representative longitudinal data to examine the course of drug use disorders (DUDs) along with longitudinal changes in recovery from DUDs, including rates and correlates of relapse (i.e., recurrence of any DUD criteria) and full remission (i.e., no recurrence of any DUD criteria). To date, there is limited knowledge on the stability of full remission from DUDs based on nationally representative studies in the U.S. because the majority of research has focused solely on alcohol use disorders and treatment samples. There has been a significant shift in primary drugs of abuse observed in those entering drug abuse treatment programs in the U.S. over the past two decades with the percentage of drug abuse treatment admissions reporting alcohol as the primary drug of abuse decreasing, while the percentage of drug abuse treatment admissions for marijuana, opiates, and stimulants increased.

Status: Completed
Funding: National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA)
Category: Research