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A new European survey aimed at understanding how drug addicts have achieved successful recovery has been launched. The Life in Recovery survey is part of the REC-Path project, which is investigating different types of recovery from drug addiction across four countries in Europe (England, Scotland, Belgium and the Netherlands) in order to give policymakers a strong evidence base for making future policy and legislation related to drug addiction and recovery. The REC-Path survey was launched at a special event at Sheffield Hallam University, attended by policy advisers, commissioners, recovery specialists, researchers and people in recovery from across Europe.

Project leader David Best of Sheffield Hallam University hopes that investigating different kinds of recovery pathways in four countries will show that addicts can have a healthy future. ‘More than half of addicts manage to kick drugs permanently. We will investigate how they do it and how we can best support them.’

Every country in Europe has its own drug policy. The ERANID project ‘Illicit Drug Policies and Social Outcome’ (IDPSO) will study the societal impact of policy. Not in order to compare countries, but to show policymakers the potential impact of the choices they make.

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Providing hope for addicts and their relatives

In an interview David Best (Sheffield Hallam University, the UK) talks about his hopes that investigating different kinds of recovery pathways in four countries will show that addicts can have a healthy future. ‘More than half of addicts manage to kick drugs permanently. We will investigate how they do it and how we can best support them.’

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