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Natural Recovery
  Natural Recovery is a term used to describe those who have initiated and sustained recovery from a behavioral health disorder without professional assistance or involvement in a formal mutual aid group. This type of resolution of alcohol and other drug problems has been variously christened “maturing out” (Winick, 1962, 1964); “autoremission” (Vaillant, 1983; Klingeman, 1992); “self-initiated change” (Biernacki, 1986); “unassisted change” (McMurran, 1994); “spontaneous remission” (Anthony and Helzer, 1991); “de-addiction” (Klingeman, 1991); “self-change” (Sobell, Sobell, Toneatto, and Leo, 1993); “natural recovery” (Havassey, Hall and Wasserman, 1991); “self-managed change” (Copeland, 1998) and “quantum change” (Miller and C’de Baca, 2001).  

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  • Natural Recovery
      Natural Recovery is a term used to describe those who have initiated and sustained recovery from