Journal of Recovery Science <p>The<em> <strong>Journal of Recovery Science (JORS)</strong></em>&nbsp;is an open-access, peer-reviewed, international journal devoted to publishing original research in the area of <strong>behavioral health recovery.&nbsp;</strong>Accepted articles are published on a rolling basis with numbered issues released twice per year.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>JORS</em> was established in 2018, with the specific aim to create a recovery-centric academic journal that has minimal barriers to knowledge dissemination and transfer. The areas of focus for the journal - recovery support services, recovery support institutions, recovery outcomes, recovery policy, and recovery in special populations - were selected so that established, early career, and student researchers could find a suitable platform for high quality contributions in the behavioral health recovery field.</p> <p>Article formats that are accepted at JORS include original research reports, brief reports, case study reports, qualitative manuscripts, scholarly reviews, as well as theoretical manuscripts. All submissions are <a title="Review Policy" href="">rigorously peer-reviewed</a>, and JORS strives for a 4-month timeline from submission to first decision.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>JORS</em> utilizes a hybrid, gold open-access policy for all submissions. Accepted manuscripts are charged a modest article processing fee (APF) to cover the costs associated with publication. APF are determined by the following factors: Established Research as lead author: $350 / Early Career Researcher (up to 5-years post PhD conferral): $250 / Graduate Student Researcher: $150. In addition, JORS <strong>facilitates</strong> a low-barrier APF <a href="">waiver</a> program that allows for any researcher without the financial means to publish their accepted manuscript.</p> <p>The <em>JORS</em> <a title="Review Policy" href="">peer-review process </a>begins with an initial review by either a managing editor or section editor. Following a favorable editorial review, manuscripts are then sent to a minimum of 2 reviewers, who complete the reviews in a double-blind fashion. An initial disposition will be made on all submissions following the completion of two reviews, which may include accept, reject, reject and resubmit, or revise and resubmit. Following the acceptance of any submission, manuscripts will enter into production for copyediting, typesetting, proofreading, and final publication. In an effort to promote transparency and integrity at JORS, all accepted and published articles will contain the names of all peer reviewers involved with the submission. This open-upon-acceptance peer-review process is used to promote the highest standards of peer-review, while also creating a process that minimizes the chance of potential bias.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>JORS</em>&nbsp;strongly believes that authors should retain copyright for their work without restrictions. As such, the journal publishes open-access articles under the terms of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY)</a>, which has been endorsed by the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)</a>. The CC BY license permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.</p> Journal of Recovery Science en-US Journal of Recovery Science 2638-5031 Gratitude while Drinking, Gratitude while Recovering <p><strong>Background.</strong> For decades researchers have debated whether those diagnosed with alcohol use disorders can return to non-problematic drinking. Now, recovery researchers are measuring aspects of wellbeing in addition to aspects of pathology, producing surprising findings that have added to the debate. Recent studies show that some who continue to drink endorse high levels of psychosocial functioning. <strong>Objectives.</strong> Employ trait gratitude to answer the following questions: how do individuals who continue to drink but endorse high gratitude at follow-up differ from peers at baseline? Does trait gratitude correlate differently with demographic, psychosocial, and clinical factors for abstinent members of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) versus drinking non-AAs? <strong>Methods.</strong> 275 individuals with alcohol dependence were assessed for trait gratitude at 2.5-3 year follow-up in a naturalistic, longitudinal study. Psychosocial and clinical indicators were assessed at baseline and follow-up. <strong>Results.</strong> Drinkers who endorsed high gratitude had higher socioeconomic status, greater levels of positive spirituality, more stable personality indicators, less addiction severity, fewer negative life events, and fewer psychiatric symptoms than their peers at baseline. For actively drinking non-AAs, trait gratitude correlated differently, and positively, with years of education, income, and purpose in life compared with sober AAs. For AA members, gratitude correlated positively with AA involvement and length of sobriety. <strong>Discussion.</strong> A subset of drinkers report doing relatively well despite meeting criteria for alcohol dependence. Trait gratitude correlated differently with other constructs for AAs versus non-AAs, indicating that gratitude for recovery might be contextually sensitive, operating differently within and without the structure of AA.</p> Amy R. Krentzman Michael T. M. Finn ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-03-08 2019-03-08 1 3 1 15 10.31886/jors.13.2019.39 Recovery-informed Theory: Situating the Subjective in the Science of Substance Use Disorder Recovery <p>As recovery from substance use disorder becomes more than a mere quantifiable outcome, there exists a need to discuss and propose the underlying theoretical constructs that ultimately describe and identify the science of recovery. In this abstract undertaking, we propose an initial formulation of a grand theory of recovery science, built upon the seminal theories of recovery capital, recovery-oriented systems of care, and socioecological theory. This grand theory - labeled recovery-informed theory (RIT) - states that successful long-term recovery is self-evident and is a fundamentally emancipatory set of processes. This paper will discuss, analyze, and explore this theory as it is situated within the larger substance use, misuse, and disorder contexts. The uses, implications, and benefits of RIT as an organizing point of inquiry for recovery science are also discussed. By promoting the role of subjective recovery experience in the formulation of the study of recovery, it may be possible to summon new ideas, metrics, and strategies that can directly address substance use disorders in society. Adopting a recovery-informed understanding as follows from this grand theory may allow individual recovery and wellness trajectories to be explored, adapted, and modified to exemplify person-centered and individualized recovery strategies.</p> Austin M Brown Robert D Ashford ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-01-03 2019-01-03 1 3 1 15 10.31886/jors.13.2019.38