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New Outcomes

"Its time we celebrated the growing pluralism of the culture of recovery."
William White


New Outcomes

Monday 13, March 2017 by Kuladharini

The SRC is asking itself a question this year: if we turned more of our resources towards the community, how much more recovery from addiction could be built in Scotland?

“Its time we celebrated the growing pluralism of the culture of recovery. People with myriad patterns and circumstances surrounding their problematic relationships with alcohol and other drugs are finding diverse ways to initiate and sustain their resolution of these problems. “ 

William White, Reflections on the recovery advocacy movement.

In the five years since the Scottish Drugs Recovery Consortium changed its name to the Scottish Recovery Consortium and agreed its first national work plan, there has been a startling growth in the diverse ways we have been finding to initiate and sustain our recovery from addiction.

In addition to the much loved and successful mutual aid meetings like AA NA and CA, we have seen the growth of SMART recovery and ORT recovery in Scotland. We have also witnessed the proliferation of visible recovery communities all over Scotland. In the last 5 years these communities have grown in numbers and range from at most 10 largely disconnected individual groups to over 120 that feel part of a larger recovery movement in Scotland. 

There is now an annual gathering point for that growing visible recovery movement in Scotland: Recovery Walk Scotland. More than 2000 people took part in Recovery Walk Scotland in Falkirk in 2016. This year Recovery Walk Scotland is taking place in Dundee at the end of September.

In fact we can confidently assert that one of the stand out successes of the national drug strategy plan, The Road To Recovery, published in 2008, has been the speed and size of the communities response. The community is weighing in on addiction and sustaining recovery. A wide range of informal community café’s, arts groups, health activity groups, and campaigning committees have arisen.  They make it easier to find people in recovery in your own community and to ask for help for your addiction.

So what more might we achieve together if the SRC turns its internal resources more towards this vibrant community? To help us focus this shift we have created 3 new outcomes for our work:

Standing outcome 1: We made recovery from addiction more contagious, achievable and sustainable for individuals who seek it.

Standing outcome 2: We developed the reach and depth of recovery community led responses to addiction and sustaining recovery from addiction.

Standing outcome 3: We connected & engaged with the whole population to co-create communities & a country where it is the recovery not the addiction which flourishes.

We will not be doing this alone. The reason so much has been achieved over the last five years is because we work together, because you give so generously of your time and support for recovery in Scotland. The networks and relationships we have all built on that shared working are flourishing.

“The focus of this new movement is not the source or nature of addiction, nor on the solutions that science may provide tomorrow. Instead the focus is on the solutions that are possible at this moment if resources can be mobilised to effectuate them.”

William White, Reflections on the Recovery Advocacy movement.

We have our gifts of head, hand and heart, we have our connections with each other and our recovery, lets continue to grow our contributions to the well being of this country of ours. 

Recovery From Addiction Makes Scotland Stronger

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