25 YEARS: A CELEBRATION
Times change. People change. Habits change. Policy, products and services change. Research and evidence progress, and ways of working change again. And people forget: we educate one generation and think that information has been relayed indefinitely only to realise that a new generation cannot know the facts until we give them again… writes Deirdre Boyd, CEO of the Addiction Recovery Foundation and launch editor of Intervene.
After a quarter of a century of discovering and sharing research on the fact that people can recover from addictive behaviours and best-practice techniques in how they can achieve this, the Addiction Recovery Foundation is changing how it shares that lifesaving information. One result is the Intervene magazine being launched this month.
First, it is a bonus monthly issue from the charity founded in February 1989 – we usually publish every two months, as Addiction Today journal. Second, we updated the name to Intervene to reflect a more proactive and broader reach: intervening when someone needs our help, early interventions, family interventions, treatment interventions and more.
Third, this also means that we have gone back to basics, as we cannot assume that everyone has read our advice from 25 years ago! Although I am delighted that we do have readers and advertisers who have been with us since the very beginning. We know who you are, and celebrate you.
We will cover the latest status quo of addiction and recovery, for both newcomers to the field and learned professionals as a reference guide.
Fourth, the charity is not only posting Intervene to more and more readers this year, but also sharing Intervene’s information globally, via iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle and other platforms in the same vein. We hope to help tens of thousands more people into recovery and to support the professionals and carers who guide them there.
With the vast majority of our directors and staff in long-term recovery, we want to shout its benefits from the rooftops – and every modern platform.