Recovery Habits: A Habit Perspective on Recovery from Substance Use Disorder

  • Inna Arnaudova
  • Hortensia Amaro
  • John Monterosso


With millions of people reported as being in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD), surprisingly little is known about what helps to sustain recovery and avoid relapse in the long run. Healthy SUD recovery habits might contribute to maintaining remission over the years. In this chapter, we review what is known about predictors of long-term SUD recovery and healthy habits learned in three commonly used approaches that people seeking help for SUD are exposed to: 12-step peer-support groups, cognitive-behavioural SUD treatment, and mindfulness-based relapse prevention. Our pilot data shows that habits learned through 12-step group participation are considered important by individuals in recovery from SUD. Further, we propose that establishing healthy sleep and exercise habits might aid relapse prevention, even though these are not typically considered in SUD treatment. Throughout the chapter, gaps in the current knowledge on long-term recovery are identified.


Recovery Remission Substance use disorder 12-step Mindfulness Sleep Physical exercise Healthy habits 



Financial support for this work was received from the Templeton Foundation (#014-2017) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA, R01DA038648, PI: Amaro). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health or the Templeton Foundation. The authors thank Holly Sherman and Sharon Weber of USC’s “The Haven at College” for their collaboration in developing the Recovery Habits interview used in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Inna Arnaudova
    • 1
  • Hortensia Amaro
    • 2
  • John Monterosso
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social WorkFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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