Dynamic shifts in social networks and normative values in recovery from an offending and drug using lifestyle

LANDALE, S. and BEST, David (2013). Dynamic shifts in social networks and normative values in recovery from an offending and drug using lifestyle. In: JOHNSON, C. Douglas, (ed.) Social Capital : Theory, Measurement and Outcomes. Social Issues, Justice and Status . Nova Science, 219-235.

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Abstract

Social capital is understood to have two dimensions - the network of supports an individual can call upon, and the individual's commitment to these supports. For alcohol and drug recovery, the term more commonly used is recovery capital - the sum of personal and social resources that the individual can deploy in their recovery journey. The chapter draws on longitudinal data following substance using offenders who engaged in a sports programme (" Second Chance" ) as part of their recovery journey in the North-East of England, a deprived area of England that has been associated with long-standing alcohol problems and recent increases in heroin and other drug use. The chapter examines the stories of success in early recovery and describes five emerging themes - positive identity, physical health and well-being, positive social networks, role models and social learning, and a sense of hope and positive vision of the future. These themes are linked to the existing evidence on recovery capital and predictors of long-term change.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Law and Criminology Research Group
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2015 12:27
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2015 15:51
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9265

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