Efficacy of the Rediscovery Process on Alcohol Use, Impulsivity and Flourishing: A Preliminary Randomised Controlled Study and Preliminary Cohort Study
Phil Parker, Samantha Banbury and Chris Chandler
Citation: Parker, P., Banbury, S., & Chandler, C. (2020). ‘Efficacy of the Rediscovery Process on Alcohol Use, Impulsivity and Flourishing: A Preliminary Randomised Controlled Study and Preliminary Cohort Study’. European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, 4, 13, 1-15. https://www.nationalwellbeingservice.org/volumes/volume-4-2020/volume-4-article-13/
Processing dates: Submitted 8 November 2019; Published online: 1 October, 2020
Background: Despite developing interest in treatments encouraging flourishing in Substance Use Disorder there is little research on their efficacy.
Methods: A preliminary randomised controlled study (wait-list or immediate intervention) (n=72) and cohort study (n= 60) evaluated outcomes in alcohol misusers of The Rediscovery Process (TRP), a flourishing focussed approach, compared to treatment as usual (TAU). Alcohol use, flourishing, impulsivity and recovery capital were analysed pre-, 1 and 3-month postintervention.
Results: The studies found TRP significantly decreased alcohol use and impulsivity, and increased flourishing and some elements of recovery capital, compared to TAU and these changes were maintained at 1 and 3-months post-intervention, compared to pre-intervention.
Discussion: Therefore TRP, compared to TAU, significantly improves a range of important alcohol misuse outcomes that are maintained over the 3-month period.
Conclusions: These results help bridge the gap between addressing the psychopathology in substance use and the recent interest in increasing flourishing.
Keywords: Positive psychology; flourishing; recovery capital; alcohol use; impulsivity.
Phil Parker is a lecturer at the School of Psychology at the London Metropolitan University, London, UK.
Samantha Banbury is a senior lecturer at the School of Psychology at the London Metropolitan University, London, UK
Dr Chris Chandler is a principal lecturer at the School of Psychology at the London Metropolitan University, London, UK