The most important thing for recovery

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What’s the most important thing for service users seeking recovery? Service users were asked this at an event I was at recently. The answers were surprisingly consistent. Were service users looking for warm empathetic professionals? Important but not the most important thing. Was it doctors and nurses getting the dose of ORT right? Not on the […]

Best addiction and recovery blogs

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We’re just past the six month mark on Recovery Review with 40,000 visitors to the site. Here are the five most-read blogs on the site – the five best addiction and recovery blogs. Gold standard addiction treatment This article highlighted the fact that doctors with addictions get a very different standard of treatment from their patients […]

Technology and Recovery part 2 – guest blog by Glyn Davies

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Mobile Phone Technology and Recovery The recovery-oriented techniques we learn online do of course need to be put into practice as this is where we see real behaviour change. And it’s great to see the shift towards health-focussed apps. Over recent years there has been an acknowledgment that many who are digitally excluded from regularly […]

Technology and recovery part 1 – guest blog by Glyn Davies

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Technology and Substance Misuse Prevention For many who experience drug or alcohol related difficulties the first port of call will often be Google or another search engine to find a diagnosis or a directory of services. Access to the internet has transformed the ways in which we live our lives, particularly in terms of our […]

What is recovery?

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A stumbling block to moving forward with recovery in the UK and elsewhere is lack of agreement about what recovery actually is. Highly specific definitions (e.g. recovery = abstinence) can lead to exclusion and fierce disagreement while non-specific definitions are too woolly to measure in services which are being asked to deliver measurable outcomes. Professionals and recovering people […]

Addiction and recovery quotes

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Here are few addiction and recovery quotes that have caught my eye recently. Some wise words and poignant reflections that are worth savouring. I used to think a drug addict was someone who lived on the far edges of society. Wild-eyed, shaven-headed and living in a filthy squat. That was until I became one… ~Cathryn […]

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. […]

What do clinicians make of addiction recovery?

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Which teachers were the best when you were at school? Likely the ones who believed in you, connected with you, who had a vision for where you could go and who enthusiastically helped you get there. The same characteristics are likely to define the best clinicians too. In a study, published a few days ago, […]

A comprehensive look at stigma

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Bill White takes a comprehensive look at stigma and how it is best tackled in addicted and recovering people in a blog post. He touches on the argument that stigma can be a good thing (acting as a deterrent to others to try drugs) and finds it wanting. He looks at the evidence that stigma […]