For many years, the concept of recovery from alcohol use disorder (AUD) has permeated our societal discourse and been celebrated for individuals with AUD who do recover. Yet, recovery’s complex nature has led to ambiguity about its meaning. This lack of agreement about the kinds of outcomes that define recovery has complicated efforts to compare findings across recovery research studies. Finding agreement about what recovery means—what it looks like to scientists, healthcare providers, and affected individuals alike—is vital to advancing this area of alcohol research.
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