celebrating and exploring peer to peer support

Peer to Peer Support

An event on Wednesday 6th July 2016 aims to bring people with lived experience who give of their own time in supporting others to initiate and sustain recovery from alcohol and/or substance dependency and misuse. With a particular focus on volunteering with Peer Based Recovery Organisations, the event will provide an opportunity to share experience and learning from across the country. The Basement Recovery Project are delivering a number of presentations/workshops.  Below are some resources you may find useful:

TBRP Substance Misuse at Work Policy

The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) is committed to protecting the safety, health and well-being of its employees, its clients and all people who come into contact with its premises and its services. TBRP recognises that misuse of alcohol or drugs poses a direct and significant threat to this goal and is committed to ensuring a working environment which is free of this risk…

 TBRP – Substance Misuse Policy

Warrior Down Article / Information

I took a call from a friend in December, who had been contacted by the desperate mother of a 43-year-old daughter. The daughter, who we’ll call Rachel, had been out of a residential rehab for a couple of weeks and was back in a full-blown alcoholic episode, drinking around the clock and falling in and out of taxis and in and out of hospital…

Warriors of the Calder Valley

Addressing Substance use, Misuse and Relapse in the Addiction Treatment Workforce

This toolkit is designed for provider organizations in the addictions field, their executives, managers and human resources staff. It includes practical resources and information to guide and assist providers as they face workforce issues associated with substance use, misuse and recovery among employees. More broadly, it will assist employers in creating a work environment that supports the needs of employees, engages and retains employees in the addictions field, and in the case of use, misuse and relapse, intervenes in a way that is effective while being legally and corporately responsible.

 Substance Use / Misuse Toolkit

Lessons about Social Enterprises – presentation by Larry Eve

 Peer to Peer Event Presentation – Larry Eve

Recovery-oriented policy and care systems in the UK and USA

The concept of recovery has been an influence on addicted individuals for many decades. But only in the past 15 years has the concept had a purchase in the world of public policy. In the USA, federal and state officials have promulgated policies intended to foster ‘recovery-oriented systems of care’ and have ratified recovery-supportive laws and regulations. Though of more recent vintage and therefore less developed, recovery policy initiatives are also being implemented in the UK. The present paper describes recovery-oriented policy in both countries and highlights key evaluations of the recovery-oriented interventions.

Humphreys and Lembke 2014 recov orientated policy UK and US

Broadening the Base of Addiction Mutual-Help Organizations

Peer-led mutual-help organizations addressing substance use disorder (SUD) and related problems have had a long history in the United States. The modern epoch of addiction mutual help began in the postprohibition era of the 1930s with the birth of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Growing from 2 members to 2 million members, AA’s reach and influence has drawn much public health attention as well as increasingly rigorous scientific investigation into its benefits and mechanisms. In turn, AA’s growth and success have spurred the development of myriad additional mutual-help organizations. These alternatives may confer similar benefits to those found in studies of AA but have received only peripheral attention. Due to the prodigious economic, social, and medical burden attributable to substance-related problems and the diverse experiences and preferences of those attempting to recover from SUD, there is potentially immense value in societies maintaining and supporting the growth of a diverse array of mutual-help options. This article presents a concise overview of the origins, size, and state of the science on several of the largest of these alternative additional mutual-help organizations in an attempt to raise further awareness and help broaden the base of addiction mutual help.

 Kelly and White 2012 broadening the base of MHelp Orgs

Addiction Recovery in Services and Policy: An International Overview

This chapter provides an overview of the sweeping changes occurring in the addiction field in the United States and abroad, with special emphasis on the growing focus on recovery as the goal of services and the guiding vision of drug policy. “Recovery” goes well beyond substance use patterns to encompass improved functioning in life areas impaired by active substance use, as well as improved overall quality of life. Because research shows that substance use disorders are often chronic, recovery is conceptualized as a process that unfolds over time and requires a continuing care approach. We describe emerging service models including Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) and peer-driven recovery supports and review the implications of this new orientation for service providers and evaluation research. We conclude with some recommendations on strategies that medical professionals can use to promote recovery among substance using patients.

 International Textbook of Addiction Treatment

Research For Recovery: A Review of the Drugs Evidence Base

The publication of The Road to Recovery: A New Approach to Tackling Scotland’s Drug Problem by the Scottish Government in 2008 signalled a fundamental shift in the way we think of problem drug use and in the approach to the types of interventions that are appropriate to address it. In particular, the switch to a recovery model represented the recognition that the resolution of addiction problems involves not only the drug user, but also their families and communities. It also recognises that recovery is a complex process likely to endure over a number of years after the point of stabilisation or abstinence, and that it is likely to involve fundamental changes in an individual’s social functioning and personal wellbeing, as well as in their place in their community and wider society. The aim of this review was to assess the current state of the evidence base that will help underpin the delivery of the Scottish Government’s drugs strategy – The Road to Recovery. The review examined both the published research base and also the policy context in which the strategy sits, – this provides the link between the evidence base on addictions and the wider context of social inclusion, public health and economic development.

 scottish government – evidence review