Natural Recovery: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

  • Judith C. Barker
  • Geoffrey Hunt

As has already been seen, the idea of “natural recovery” or “self-change” from addictions is a poorly understood and much contested concept. Some commentators in the field of alcohol and drug studies accept that this phenomenon exists, while others remain skeptical. Given the nature of this debate occurring within Anglo-European societies, it is not surprising to find that the idea of natural recovery becomes even more problematic and unclear when considering other non-Western societies. Unfortunately at this juncture, little cross-cultural research has been done on these issues. In fact, as a recent review (Sobell, Ellingstad, & Sobell, 2000) has demonstrated, the majority of the investigations have been conducted in North America (of 40 studies 59.1% were in the United States, 16.2% in Canada, 18.9% in Europe). In an earlier review, Klingemann (1994), found similar results; that is, of 80 studies reviewed on environmental influences impeding or promoting change in substance use, 7 came from outside the United States and only 1 from a non-Anglophone country.


Methadone Maintenance Treatment Social Location Addictive Substance Natural Recovery Model Minority 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith C. Barker
    • 1
  • Geoffrey Hunt
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anthropology, History, & Social MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Scientifi c AnalysisAlamedaUSA

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