Experiences of Sustainable Abstinence-Based Recovery: an Exploratory Study of Three Recovery Communities (RC) in England

Harrison, Rebecca, Van Hout, Marie Claire, Cochrane, Madeleine, Eckley, Lindsay, Noonan, Robert, Timpson, Hannah and Sumnall, Harry (2018) Experiences of Sustainable Abstinence-Based Recovery: an Exploratory Study of Three Recovery Communities (RC) in England. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874 DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-018-9967-8

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Abstract

Contemporary recovery-models of treatment for substance misuse prioritise community-based support systems that focus on developing individuals’ strengths and quality of life. The research project aimed to explore the perceived mechanisms and processes that underpinned support in three abstinence-based recovery communities (RCs) across England. Focus groups and telephone interviews were conducted with 44 individuals. This was to identify self-prioritised outcomes for members and other key factors contributing to the delivery of an effective recovery community. Data were thematically analysed. Along with a number of other key outcomes, the achievement and maintenance of abstinence by participants was considered to be a key indicator of an effective RC. RC processes were also viewed as underpinning the development of recovery capital. The study provides an insight into the processes of RCs and highlights that development and support of recovery capital is an important aspect of service provision and delivery for those in abstinence-based recovery.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abstinence-based recovery; Recovery communities; Recovery capital; Social value
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Divisions: Sports Science
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2018 07:46
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/10515

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