Recovery and desistance : what the emerging recovery movement in the alcohol and drug area can learn from models of desistance from offending

BEST, David, IRVING, James and ALBERTSON, Katherine (2016). Recovery and desistance : what the emerging recovery movement in the alcohol and drug area can learn from models of desistance from offending. Addiction Theory and Research. (In Press)

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Abstract

In the last twenty years, the recovery movement in alcohol and other drugs (AOD) has emerged as a major influence on alcohol and drug policy and practice in the UK, US and Australia. In roughly the same period of time, the desistance movement has become increasingly prominent in academic criminology, and is increasingly influential in criminal justice practice, particularly in the area of probation. Furthermore, the populations involved in recovery and desistance research have significant overlap, yet there has been little shared learning across these areas. The current article explores the evolution of thinking around desistance and what lessons it might offer conceptual models of recovery. It will be argued that one of the most important shared assumptions relates to identity change, and the extent to which these identity changes are intrinsically social or 'relational'. The paper will advance a social identity model as a mechanism for understanding the journey to recovery or desistance and the centrality of reintegration into communities for a coherent model and public policy around addiction recovery.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Law and Criminology Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1080/16066359.2016.1185661
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 06 May 2016 09:30
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 19:19
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12234

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