• Carol Iskiwitch, Univ. of Southern California
  • Lucas Carden, Univ. of Southern California
  • Morteza Dehghani, Univ. of Southern California
  • Jesse Graham, Eccles School of Business
We gain new insight into the process of recovery from substance addiction by collecting and analyzing over 700 richly-detailed recovery narratives. We found that the use of moral purity-related language correlated with distancing from the pre-recovery self. Further, self-distancing was negatively associated with reported relapse. Behavioral experiments conceptually replicated the purity findings.