Tackling drug deaths: let’s add this in

Healthy social networks (the people we connect with) are protective. Improving social networks brings gains in physical and mental health. In 2010, Julianne Holt-Lunstad and her colleagues undertook an impressive meta-analysis (massive review of the evidence available) to see how social relationships influenced mortality. They found a protective effect for those with stronger social relationships. In fact, for this group there was a 50% increased likelihood of survival.

Drug deaths in Scotland: hope on the horizon?

Harm reduction interventions need to be widely available, accessible, delivered efficiently and proactively and evaluated and improved. Harm reduction services also need to have porous borders with treatment and recovery services and have hope embedded in the form of peers in recovery working within teams. A recovery-oriented system of care sees interventions not in silos, but in a continuum with the individual’s needs at the centre and the person on a journey. The person's goals, not the professional's goals (which can be at odds) should be paramount.

You’re all going to hate the word ‘recovery’.

One of the problems with an aspirational and non-prescriptive definition of recovery is that it is hard to measure. The definitions most commonly featured in the literature share some elements including wellbeing or health, abstinence and citizenship.  Clearly if you can’t define it precisely, then it’s hard to commission services to deliver on it. In … Continue reading You’re all going to hate the word ‘recovery’.

Recovery Plus

Jason Schwartz guest-edits Recovery Plus Journal. Stimulating and relevant articles on: what's essential for recovery to happen, recovery-oriented harm reduction, problems with 'sticking with the evidence', moral injury, and some surprises with language and stigma. Good weekend reading!