Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2024

Faculty Advisor(s)

Desiree Crevecoeur-MacPhail


The purpose of this study was to determine the connection between length of sobriety, for people with alcohol use disorder, and their experience with related disorders and traits. Impulsivity, compulsions, obsessions, generalized anxiety, panic attacks, and neuroticism have all been researched in relation with the development of alcohol use disorder and drinking behaviors. This study strived to determine the presence of these symptoms and behaviors within one’s recovery, and their effect on one’s overall sobriety. This study compared self-reported symptoms of Alcoholics Anonymous members to their current length of sobriety and past relapses. Symptoms of Attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Neuroticism were recorded. The results were significant, and the data indicates that the longer someone with alcohol use disorder is sober, they will experience less symptoms of OCD and ADHD. As a person’s sobriety time increases, they will become less neurotic. The relationship between untreated anxiety and relapses could not be found due to a lack of participants. These results revealed that symptoms of OCD, ADHD, and neuroticism significantly change as someone with alcohol use disorder is experiencing recovery. If these symptoms were monitored in immediate rehabilitation (within the first couple weeks of recovery) and throughout recovery (as one’s sobriety time grows), stress related relapses could be prevented. This supports the importance of substance use and anxiety-based therapy for those in recovery. This study requests that alcohol abuse rehabilitation services provide accessible therapy and consistent personality, ADHD and anxiety-related disorder screenings to aid in one’s recovery.


Presented at the Spring 2024 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.

Alcohol Use Disorder Thesis.pdf (1208 kB)
Alcohol Use Disorder: Behaviors and Comorbidities in Recovery Thesis Paper