"Recovery is a process through which an individual is enabled to move-on from their problem drug use towards a drug-free life and become an active and contributing member of society," states the new scottish drug policy.
Addiction Today applauds it, as well as updating readers on reactions, including organisations redefining "recovery". Download recovery_definitions.pdf
ERRATA. One of the latter is the UKDPC whose statement is also at the above hyperlink. Addiction Today has not contributed to the UKDPC statement so must highlight two key inaccuracies.
First, the charity wrote to UKDPC on 2 June 2008 stating that it should not attach the Foundation’s CEO’s name nor the Addiction Recovery Foundation’s name to its redefinition; this was due to strong concerns about process and definition of which the UKDPC is aware. Second, the UKDPC refers to a survey of "individuals" undertaken by ARF; in reality, this was a survey of CEOs representing treatment centres, and the number of participants exceeded those in the UKDPC exercise. They also achieved a far more significant consensus than the trio of UKDPC participants agreeing on its definition.
UKDPC director Nicola Singleton links its definition – which removed the distinction between "maintained control over substance use" and drug-free achievements – to the NTA’s ‘top’ measurement tool. The implications are that outcomes will be even harder to elicit. Download ldan_news_june_2008_enewsletter.pdf