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

Rebecca Harrison, Marie Claire Van Hout, Madeleine Cochrane, Lindsay Eckley, Robert Noonan, Hannah Timpson, Harry Sumnall

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Early online date24 Jul 2018
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • Abstinence-based recovery
  • Recovery communities
  • Recovery capital
  • Social value

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