Methadone and 12-step

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This blog is a re-run but I’ve published it again because of recent comments it has attracted (at end of blog) Methadone and 12-step Given the dearth of research on NA populations this study from Bill White and colleagues is welcome. Knowing what we do already from the research on mutual aid groups, the researchers made the […]

Legal highs and mutual aid

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So-called legal highs (new psychoactive substances) are in the news again. In the final part of my interview with Tom, a doctor in recovery, he explains how mutual aid group Cocaine Anonymous helps with legal highs and looks to the future of the organisation. Are legal highs a problem that CA helps members with? Yes! I […]

CA, AA, NA and SMART – differences and similarities

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In the next part of my interview with Tom, a doctor in recovery, he explores the relationships between different sorts of mutual aid. What’s the overlap between CA, AA, NA and SMART? My experience is that there can sometimes be some friction between the different fellowships. I’m not entirely sure why this happens but I […]

AA or NA for drug dependent clients?

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In addiction treatment, study after study has shown a link between attending mutual aid and better outcomes for substance user disorders. These better outcomes include abstinence and there is consistent evidence of health cost savings. In Scotland we are fortunate to have around 1000 mutual aid meetings running weekly in our cities, towns and villages. […]

Recovery in Scotland – mutual aid at the heart

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In the fifth part of my interview with Tom, a doctor in recovery, he discusses the growth of Cocaine Anonymous in Scotland, its impact on those seeking recovery and what the fellowship has to offer women. How has CA changed in Lothian since you first started going? CA has expanded locally from 3 to 12 […]

“We have a responsibility to share how we recovered”

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In the fourth part of my interview with Tom, a doctor in recovery, he explores the ‘full-on’ nature of the CA programme, the interface between his professional approach and his experience and is clear that recovering people ‘have a responsibility to share how we recovered’. What’s the approach to the programme in CA? More than […]

Power and powerlessness in addiction and recovery

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In the third part of my interview with Tom, a doctor in recovery, he explains how the 12-step programme is at the heart of his recovery. You’ve said a bit about the things that made sense for you when you started going to Cocaine Anonymous meetings, but were there any down sides? There wasn’t much […]

Addiction – losing the power of choice

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‘Tom’, a doctor with a drug dependency, found his recovery through mutual aid in the fellowship of Cocaine Anonymous (CA). This is the second part of my interview with him. Here he describes how the 12-step programme began to make sense. What did you like about CA? I was attracted to CA because I felt […]

A doctor finds recovery in Cocaine Anonymous

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This is the first instalment of a several-part interview with a doctor who found his recovery through treatment and membership of Cocaine Anonymous. How did you get to CA? Numerous attempts at controlling my substance use weren’t working. I was unable to stop taking drugs. As a consequence I was caught stealing controlled drugs from my workplace. […]