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If you are looking for an innovative method for promoting recovery and creating employment opportunities for people with mental health issues, keep reading.....


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.


Clinical Guidelines 2017


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


Diagram created by Kuladharini, Director of the Scottish Recovery Consortium, that compares the acute model of treatment care with a recovery model.


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. 


This document identifyies eight domains of a recovery oriented service system ranging from degree of participation of persons in recovery in the recovery planning and system development process to identifying and addressing barriers to recovery.


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


A resource that explores nine Recovery Dimensions (supportive relationships; renewing hope and commitment; finding your niche in the community; redfining self; incorporating illness; overcoming stigma; assuming control; managing symptoms; and becoming an empowered citizen) and what they mean for Commisioners and ADPs.


A resource that explores nine Recovery Dimensions (supportive relationships; renewing hope and commitment; finding your niche in the community; redfining self; incorporating illness; overcoming stigma; assuming control; managing symptoms; and becoming an empowered citizen) and what they mean for Treatment Providers.


A paper from Bill White and Arthur C. Evans, Jr. that explores a core Recovery-focused knowledge base for Addiction Professionals and Recovery Support Specialists.


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. 


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


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.


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


Briefing from Transform and Recovering Justice: The Scottish Government has a unique opportunity to deliver innovative drug policy that would transform Scotland from the drug death capital of Europe to a beacon of compassionate, effective approaches


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.


Developed by the Scottish Recovery Network, an outcome indicator tool for mental health recovery practitioners. This has been trialed, piloted and refined as a result. It makes an easy transition to recovery from addiction without adaptation.


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


Slides from Roland Lamb's presentation on the recovery transformation of the Philadelphia Health Care system.


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.


This paper describes the role partnership processes are playing in transforming addiction treatment in the City of Philadelphia into a recovery-oriented system of care.


A summary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child


A report, by Baljeet Sandhu, exploring the value of lived experience in regards to social change.


The Global Commission on Drug Policy has drawn up a checklist of what language should and should not be used. It said negative language presented people who use drugs as "physically inferior or morally flawed".


The first national UK survey of addiction recovery experiences.


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.