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Andersson, Catrin and Best, David and Irving, Jamie and Edwards, Michael and Banks, James and Mama-Rudd, Adam and Hamer, Rebecca [Alcohol Research UK] . (2018) Understanding recovery from a family perspective: a survey of life in recovery for families. London: Alcohol research UK. 74 p.

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The Life in Recovery survey asks substance users about their life experiences during active addiction and, subsequently, in recovery. This project adapted the Life in Recovery survey to capture the experiences of family members around recovering drinkers. During the design phase, half-day public involvement workshops were held in Sheffield and London, each attended by 30-40 people.

Key findings
• Family members are both a resource to support recovery, and people whose own lives can be transformed through recovery, and who will benefit from their family member’s recovery journey.
• Heavy and dependent drinking is associated with a range of secondary problems within families, including financial problems, mental health issues, problems at work and interpersonal violence.
• ‘Recovery’ journeys are experienced by families as a period of positive change, but also emotional challenge, and starting on this journey does not mean full or immediate reversal of the damage done.
• Where recovery is successful, family members can experience significant improvements to quality of life and wellbeing, including reduced domestic conflict, less use of healthcare, and improved personal finances.
• By comparison to successful recovery, relapse can lead to poorer physical and psychological health, and poorer quality of life for family members


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction, Rehabilitation/Recovery
Source:Alcohol Research UK
Date:February 2018
Pages:74 p.
Publisher:Alcohol research UK
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Natural history of substance use > Recovery
B Substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use > Alcohol dependence
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family structure > Family support
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family and substance use > Substance related family problems
T Demographic characteristics > Child of substance user
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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