College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Spring 6-10-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Leonard Jason, PhD

Second Advisor

Jerry Cleland, PhD

Third Advisor

Joseph Ferrari, PhD


The benefits of social network activity within a recovery home are demonstrative through friendships that are manifested by abstinent individuals through their day-to-day interactions. The social network bonds that these residents build serve as motivating factors that prompt the engagement of pro-social behaviors while also discouraging destructive behaviors such as relapse. Recovery home residents with psychiatric comorbidities experience unique challenges, regarding long-term recovery outcomes. The aim of the current research is to explore the microcosms of comorbid recovery home (Oxford House) residents on loaning, friendship, and advice-seeking ties, and to understand their overall recovery factor scores. We found that psychiatrically comorbid Oxford House residents had lower recovery factor scores (overall), created and maintained friendships at the same rate as their non-comorbid counterparts, were more likely to seek advice from other psychiatrically comorbid residents, and were more likely to receive a loan – a measure of trust.

SLP Collection