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Recovery Survey Project

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) is pleased to partner with a project funded by National Institute of Health. The project is led by Principal investigator Dr. Lee Ann Kaskutas at the Alcohol Research Group in California and Alexandre Laudet of the National Development and Research Institute in New York City. The project’s goal is to learn how people experience and define recovery. The research will be conducted through an online survey that will inform the development of a Recovery scale based on the World Health Organization’s Quality of Life instrument. This has never been done before, and it is very much needed to guide recovery services planning and evaluation.

Please note that for this project, the word “recovery” is used as a general term to describe the experience of anyone who used to have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs and no longer does, not just people who consider themselves "in recovery".

OASAS is helping the researchers engage as many people in recovery as possible. For this project, when the word “recovery” is used, we mean to include anyone who used to have a problem with alcohol or drugs, even if they may not use the term “recovery.” The goal is to have more than 10,000 people complete the 20-minute online survey.

For the survey results to be as useful as possible to the recovery community and to the field in general, it is important that as many people as possible to participate and that responses come from a broad range of individuals and experiences.

We encourage all who qualify, to take the survey. Answers are anonymous and strictly confidential. The project is important. Your experiences are important. Help broaden public understanding of recovery. The survey can be accessed at http://www.whatisrecovery.org/

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at recovery@oasas.ny.gov