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Best, David and Albertson, Katherine and Irving, Jamie and Lightowlers, Carly and Mama-Rudd, Adam and Chaggar, Alex (2015) UK life in recovery survey 2015. The first national UK survey of addiction recovery experiences. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University and Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice.

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A team from the Department of Law and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University approached the charity Action on Addiction, who sponsored the team to conduct the first ever UK Life in Recovery survey. The UK survey instrument involved a few minor amendments to the questionnaire format and to the method but essentially we have retained as much of the US and Australian survey as possible to allow comparisons across the three countries. The report below outlines UK respondents' recovery experiences, reports on their pathways to recovery and details the impact that recovery has had on their quality of life.

Further, we compare our UK findings with those in the US and Australia and discuss the implications of the current work. The fundamental message of the UK Life in Recovery survey 2015, as with its international predecessors, is that people can and do recover, and that when they do so, they effect a life transformation that is dramatic and which has positive consequences for individuals, families, communities and UK society as a whole.

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