Recovery Pathways Study

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Recent media reporting appears to tell us, almost daily that drug related deaths are at record levels in the UK and across Europe.  

But, more importantly recovery is possible and means being 'better than well'!
In recent years we are finding increasing numbers of people emerging from chaotic lives spent in addiction, to have good health restored, relationships rebuilt and strengthened, potential achieved and overall life satisfaction increased.  

How do we know this?  

Starting in 2010 there has been to date five surveys that have given us an alternative portrait, at odds with the pervasive addiction and misery narrative. Over 5,500 people have completed the Life in Recovery (LiR) surveys, starting in the US, then in Australia, UK, South Africa and Canada. Data gathered has generated new and important knowledge about lives in recovery; what people do, how they recovered, how they stay recovered (more information/reports etc here
So far the Life in Recovery 2018  has seen over 1000 people in recovery across Europe share their experiences. We'd like you to help us support even more people to know that their voice is valuable and can help others.

We would like to invite you to take part in the REC-PATH study by helping us to recruit your clients or members. The study involves the clients completing an online questionnaire (15 mins) about their recovery journeys to date and then deciding whether they want to do two further interviews with our research team over the course of the next year. 

People who are eligible to take part are those who see themselves as being at least three months into their recovery journey/without problematic substance use. We are flexible about how they choose to define recovery. In other words, the survey is open to people who are in medication assisted recovery and people who are currently in different kinds of treatment or are recovering without treatment.   

We look forward to partnering with you in this vital project on recovery success and recovery pathways. If you are willing to participate, please complete the survey here . We are also happy to send you hard copies on request.  

If you have any further questions please contact the Project PI, Professor David Best, on  or on +44 114 225 5435