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 […]

Quantum change recovery

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I often describe recovery as a ‘transformational experience’. Lives don’t simply improve in recovery, they are often changed beyond recognition. Of course, that change normally takes place over time and in stages. But there is a different sort of recovery experience – the sudden journey from the crucible via the epiphany to personal redemption and transformation. […]

Who’s “we”? by Jason Schwartz

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This article has been forwarded to me by several people. Its author has been writing a series of articles that seek to redefine addiction and recovery. As Eve Tushnet recently observed, “There’s another narrative, though, which is emerging at sites like The Fix and Substance.com.” This sentence is representative of this alternative narrative: “The addiction field has struggled with defining recovery […]

Time-limited methadone – guest blog by Paul Molyneux

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The topic of time-limited opioid prescriptions has been discussed before on Recovery Review. More recently, the issue has garnered increased attention after Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker wrote to the ACMD on behalf of the Inter-Ministerial Group on Drugs. In the letter, Norman Baker requested that the ACMD review “whether the evidence supports the case […]

“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 […]

Do we disable people by calling addiction a disease?

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I spotted a tweet a few weeks back vigorously opposing calling addiction a disease. A few weeks before this, someone I follow on Twitter was advocating for the terms “addict” and “alcoholic” to be abandoned because they are stigmatising. I thought of the tens of thousands of recovering people meeting weekly in Britain’s six and a […]

Five most-read addiction blogs in September

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There were 5000 visits to Recovery Review last month. What piqued your interest in September? What raised hackles, caused resonances or got you thinking? What topics generated the most comments? Don’t despair, here are the answers to those questions: The five most-read addiction and recovery blogs on Recovery Review in September. Five most-read addiction blogs […]

Naloxone as a bridge to recovery

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Yesterday at the Scottish Recovery Walk I spotted folk wearing Take Home Naloxone tee shirts. Recovery and harm reduction were on the march together, just as it should be. Jason Schwarz blogged last week, welcoming increasing availability of Naloxone in Michigan, but poses ‘the big question’: What comes after the overdose rescue? Are these people […]

From flip-flops to Doc Martens – the Scottish Recovery Walk 2014

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  A day to go until an historic moment in Edinburgh – the first time Auld Reekie hears the footfall of recovering people, marching down the ancient Royal Mile in a massive group. From flip-flops to Doc Martens, decibels of energy will resonate off the cobbles, demonstrating the sure footedness that people have in their recoveries. Welcome […]

Recovery in the capital – 3 days to go!

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There are only three days to go now until the Royal Mile sees something it has never seen before – hundreds of recovering people marching from near the Castle to Holyrood Park by the Palace and the Parliament. What a demonstration of hope and it is a visual representation of the recovery revolution happening in […]