Addicts Don’t Recover

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Addicts don’t recover That’s what I was told once, admittedly a long time ago, on a visit to a service in a different locality. The reasons were twofold according to the addiction worker I was talking to. Firstly this was her observed experience over years of working in the field and secondly, she said, if you don’t […]

Top five addiction and recovery blogs

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Well, we’re just at the end of the first full month of posting on Recovery Review. There’s been plenty of traffic with over 6000 pages viewed in May. I’m always interested to see what topics attract the most attention and thought you might be too. Interestingly, though I suppose not a huge surprise, the subjects are all […]

What can doctors in long term recovery teach us?

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We can no more do without spirituality than we can do without food, shelter or clothing – Bruce Lipton Despite the fact that there are plenty of them about, we don’t have a lot of information on people in long term recovery. The researchers behind this study took the opportunity to interview doctors in long […]

Spirituality and recovery

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Spirituality and recovery – do they go together? Hang on a second; what is spirituality and why are scientific articles on the place of spirituality in recovery falling into my inbox on a regular basis? Yes, I’m calling them scientific articles because they appear in peer-reviewed journals. I was at a graduate art show last […]

Reducing relapse – five things that help

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Reducing relapse rates is an important aim of treatment and support services.  Relapse happens, but it doesn’t need to happen. It’s often a part of a recovery journey, but it doesn’t need to be. Why go there when there are ways to reduce the risk? Here are five things that research tells us can reduce […]

Recovery aggro – will we ever agree?

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What is recovery and how do you measure it? It’s contentious; that’s for sure. Recovery aggro is a reality. We could take off our coats and go outside to settle it or we can try to get some sort of consensus. Abstinence or maintenance If you align recovery solely with abstinence, you risk losing out on […]

Recovery in Primary Care – best practice

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Most opioid replacement prescribing takes place in primary care settings and the GP is powerfully placed to be a catalyst in the recovery journey. What if we placed prescribing at the heart of a fully recovery-oriented system of care? SMMGP highlights the Public Health England guidance, a supplement to previous guidance, which calls on all treatment providers to […]

Do AA & NA fit with methadone maintenance?

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  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 reasonable assumption that clients on ORT (opiate replacement therapy) attending 12-step mutual aid were likely to achieve to higher levels of abstinence (no […]

Not 12-step or SMART; 12-step AND SMART

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What value could there possibly be in getting people with social and brain impairment together to help each other without any sort of professional involvement? John F Kelly and Bill White suggest this could be interpreted as ‘the blind leading the blind.’As it turns out, there’s quite a bit of merit in mutual aid with […]

Doctors with addictions: double standards?

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Doctors get addicted to alcohol and other drugs; there’s plenty of evidence of that. My question is: Do doctors with addictions get the same kind of treatment and outcomes as their patients?  The British Medical Association estimates that there are 10,000 to 13,000 addicted doctors in the UK. Most of them will be in practice. What […]