Understanding recovery from a family perspective

Alcohol dependency affects not only the individual but their family. This world-first study from Sheffield Hallam and Adfam reveals the far-reaching extent of family harms and huge gains of recovery.

The 2017 Drug Strategy

Harm reduction, a focus on NPS & Chemsex and a national recovery champion all feature in the new drug strategy with the Home Office still taking the lead.

What do recovery and desistance have in common?

00000Understanding the whole person The Revolving Doors Agency has just (26 November 2015) published the first in a series of literature reviews on severe and multiple disadvantage. Entitled: Understanding the whole person, it asks the key question: What are the common concepts for recovery and desistance across the fields of mental health, substance misuse, and criminology? Written by Lucy Terry (@LucyACTerry)and Vicki Cardwell (@vickihcardwell), and funded by the Lankelly Chase Foundation,  the report examines existing research in …

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What’s life in recovery like?

The authors’ final conclusion notes that recovery is not just about stopping negative behaviour; it is also about making a positive contribution and engaging in society. 79.4% of survey participants reported having volunteered in community or civic groups since the start of their recovery journeys.

A good life for people with complex needs

While overcoming difficulties was a part of their journey towards the good life, goals such as a home and healthy relationships were as important to these individuals as most people who don’t face their challenges. The report is enlivened by a range of collages which were the key tool used by participants to express their aspirations.

Ambitious for recovery?

The report is engagingly direct in its criticisms of our drug treatment centre, saying that is still too focused on maintaining dependent users on methadone and other substitute drugs and failing to help them sustain recovery and life productive lives. It claims: “For years full recovery has been the preserve of the wealthy – closed off to the poorest people and to those with problems who need to rely on a public system.”

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