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Recovery, Research & Evidence

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Little is known about the recovery experience as research on this population, often hidden in plain sight, remains in its infancy.

As a first step to documenting the benefits of recovery to the individual and to the nation, Faces & Voices of Recovery (Faces & Voices) conducted the first nationwide survey of persons in recovery from alcohol and other drug problems.

This document aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about recovery residences.

Bill White's reflections on the history of approaches to this question in treatment in the USA.

Standford University School of Medicine report from Keith Humphreys.

A discussion paper that explores the potential for public sector agencies to think differently about service commissioning.

A guide to forming consortia for the delivery of public services.

A summary and comment upon research in the recovery field, published in 2010.

A report from the New Economics Foundation that explores the Five Ways to Wellbeing - Connect; Be Active; Take Notice; Keep Learning and Give. 

Phil Valentine's renowned '5 years of recovery' powerpoint slide

The UK Drug Policy Commission's (UKDPC) research investigating the extent and nature of stigma towards people with a history of drug problems and their families in Scotland.

Summary of the UK Drug Policy Commission's (UKDPC) research investigating the extent and nature of stigma towards people with a history of drug problems and their families in Scotland.

Historical reflections from Bill White that look at the factors that have led to the birth of a new Recovery Movement.

Rowdy Yates paper on Recovery Capital, Addiction Theory and the Inter-Generational Transmission of Addictive Behaviour.

This paper opens the door to real change in the professional addiction treatment community.

Social attitudes are shaped by many factors, among which the media are an important influence. While reporting of issues like mental health and suicide have moved on enormously in recent years, there has not yet been a similar concerted effort to modernise coverage of drug addiction and recovery.

Yet, when we discussed our research findings with a meeting of editors and senior journalists, the response was extraordinarily positive. We found a great deal of support for using journalism to help overcome public misconceptions of those struggling with drugs and to demonstrate that recovery is possible.

The result of that meeting is this guide. Its purpose is not to lecture or say how stories must be presented. Instead, we want it to be a tool for challenging stereotypes, and for showing how a familiar disheartening story can be presented in a different light.

An NCVO report on the future of public services (April 2014)

A report that details a Recovery Treatment Model based on qualitative research carried out in Alaska. 

Recoverist Manifesto published by Clive Parkinson at MMU Arts for Health.

Slides from David McCartney's (Clinical Lead LEAP) presentation on sustained recovery.

This monograph, by William White, is the first and most comprehensive attempt to lay out the empirical support for moving to recovery-oriented systems of care. 

This handout was given away at the Recovery Walk 2015, in order to let the participants AND the general public know about some recovery facts and the theme of the Walk - 5 Ways to Wellbeing.

A report from Keith Humphreys and Anna Lembke that highlights recovery-oriented policy in both countries and highlights key evaluations of recovery-oriented interventions.

This review of the drugs evidence base was commissioned by the Scottish Government in 2010 on behalf of the National Drugs Evidence Group.

An overview of the recovery evidence base published by the Scottish Government in 2010.

A report on the approach required to maximise opportunities for recovery from problem substance use in Scotland.

The quality and quantity of individuals' social relationships has been linked not only to mental health but also to both morbidity and mortality.

This meta-analytic review was conducted to determine the extent to which social relationships influence risk for mortality, which aspects of social relationships are most highly predictive, and which factors may moderate the risk.

This practitioners’ report is a summary of the findings from a review of the research evidence, which looked at social work’s contribution to helping people with problem drug and/or alcohol use.

A 2013 report from William White about the new recovery advocacy .

This anthology is drawn from articles and papers published on ’The Art of Life Itself’. The site’s tagline is ’Progressive thinking in addiction and recovery’.

Ten characteristics of transformative innovation from the International Futures Forum.

This paper explores the concept of community recovery, posits a set of preliminary principles related to community recovery, presents a case study of community recovery and outlines strategies used in the City of Philadelphia to promote processes of community recovery.

Slides from Professor Keith Humphreys presentation on the evidence base for Mutual Aid.

A short report on how one community rehab overcame the barriers and hinderances to increasing referal rates and involvement in reviews with their local community addiction teams.

The Fifth Wave of Public Health by Andrew Lyon.

The intention of the report is to stimulate. Its tone is exploratory and emergent rather than strident and didactic. Its aspiration is to contribute to our understanding of, and stimulate discussion about, Scotland's health and what we are going to do to improve it.

Better Than Well information.

Paper by Jessica MacDonald from SeeMe Scotland about Understanding Stigma

Research from Barbara L. Fredrickson that suggests that ample evidence continues to support the conclusion that, within bounds, higher positivity ratios are predictive of flourishing mental health and other beneficial outcomes.

The story of how one community rehabilitation service became more recovery focused and asked itself the difficult question, 'What is a community rehab?'

What Works? is a paper by SeeMe Scotland offering some solutions to tackling stigma.