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New Faculty Publications: Prof. Ronald Harvey

January 18, 2022

Panitza Library is pleased to announce two new publications by prof. R. Harvey.

Jason, L. A., & Harvey, R. (2021). Recovery homes provide inexpensive and accessible community-based supportJournal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.  

Abstract: Substance abuse disorders (SUDs) create significant and pervasive health and economic burdens in the U.S. and the world. After primary treatment has ended, supportive social environments are critically important to prevent relapse and to sustain long-term sobriety. Although approaches to SUDs and treatment vary internationally, studies in the United States indicate that a major risk factor for SUD relapse are lack of social environments to support sustained remission from substance use after primary treatment has ended. Evidence suggests that abstinence is enhanced when individuals are embedded in drug-free settings that support abstinence. Longabaugh, Beattie, Noel, and Stout proposed a theory of social support that engages two processes: general social support, which affects psychological functioning, and abstinence-specific social support, which supports ongoing abstinence from substance use.

Ursu, A., & Harvey, R. (2021). An exploratory study of Romanians’ attitudes toward community-based substance abuse recovery housingJournal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. doi:10.1080/10852352.2021.1934950

Abstract: This study reports results of a measure of a Romanian community’s attitudes toward addiction and the hypothetical creation of self-run substance abuse recovery homes called Oxford Houses in Iași, Romania. We list five factors needed to sustain an Oxford House: affordable housing, residents following OH principles, resident income, institutional support, and community support. Because individual Oxford Houses are located in ordinary residential neighborhoods, they rely in part on community support. Descriptive data analyses provided information on four groups based on participants’ status: (1) no contact with someone with alcohol misuse; (2) having a potentially alcohol addicted person(s) in their family; (3) definitely having alcohol addicted person(s) in their family; and (4) having an addicted alcohol in recovery person(s) in their family. Results indicated Romanian’s favorable attitude toward alcohol addiction as a treatable condition, benefits of being part of an Oxford House, Oxford House rules and principles, and willingness to organize or to participate in events for integrating Oxford House residents into the community. These findings suggest that Oxford House could potentially be accepted by neighborhood residents in Iași, Romania, and this research could inform future efforts to create Oxford Houses in Romania.

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