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Factors Affecting Comfort in Disclosing Alcohol and Other Drug Histories

Substance use disorder (SUD) is one of the most stigmatized health conditions. Individuals with SUDs are subject to harsh moral judgment and frequent discrimination.  A 2019 study examined insights into the comfort levels of individuals in recovery in disclosing their SUD history/recovery status and whether, when, and to whom to share such information. Data was analyzed from the National Recovery Study (NRS), a study conducted by the Recovery Research Institute. The study found that disclosure comfort was primarily affected by three variables: length of recovery, closeness of relationships, and primary drug. The researchers conclude that tools that help people in recovery decide whether, when, and how to disclose as well as build disclosure skills may help them feel more comfortable with disclosure.
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