PREAMBLE ::: 'My Recovery' scales explained
There is the choice of a general recovery scale, the Addiction Recovery Questionnaire,or a scale based on 12 step programmes, the Twelve Promises Scale. The aim of any intervention, whether self directed or with professional help, is to reach the score for someone in the general population - these are the target scores. Both charts are new and no normative data are available yet.
ARQ :: ADDICTION RECOVERY QUESTIONNAIRE
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Recovery is a broad concept at the heart of which is the idea of living a normal life. For many people 'normal life' also means a life without psychoactive substances (except perhaps nicotine). Recovery also means a feeling of contentment about a future without psychoactive substances. The positive outcome from any form of help for an addiction problem is recovery.
The ARQ has 12 questions covering the scope of recovery and takes a few minutes to complete. The scale was derived from the views of people recovering from addiction problems and their important others and so has a meaningfulness to those touched by addiction.
TPS :: THE TWELVE PROMISES SCALE
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There is good evidence that mutual aid groups are highly beneficial to many service users. The Twelve Promises of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) feature prominently in 12-step philosophy and culture and are one of the few documented explications of the cognitive, affective, and behavioural benefits that members might accrue.
The TPS is a conceptually relevant, and psychometrically sound measure of "Psychological Wellbeing” and “Freedom from Craving" - the 26 items are framed around the Twelve Promises of the 12-step movement.
For a more scientific evaluation of the best scales Compare Recovery Scales
The chart shows how many people from service users, their concerned others, addiction specialists and general health workers rate different aspects of recovery as important. The majority in all groups see abstinence as the most important first step