Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Rogers, Anissa/ Li, Yawen


The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between the level of engagement in recovery oriented mutual aid self-help groups one has, and the development of Recovery Capital (RC), an important variable in the recovery process from substance use disorders (SUDs). This study further assessed the correlation between self-help engagement and RC development for persons from minoritized groups. Results of this study can help social workers understand the efficacy of referrals to free, community-based mutual aid recovery programs for individuals from different demographic backgrounds, particularly those from minoritized groups, who often face barriers to treatment. A survey of a non- probability sample of 215 individuals who self-identify as in recovery was utilized to collect information on demographic characteristics, level of engagement in self-help recovery groups, and level of recovery capital. Quantitative analyses were conducted to compare correlation coefficients between self-help involvement and recovery capital development amongst minoritized groups. The results of this study support the correlation between self-help engagement with RC, as well as the findings indicate that there is no significant difference in results with varying ethnic backgrounds. This study provides evidence that self-help groups such as 12-step meetings are a valuable resource regardless of being from an ethnically minoritized group.

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