About the Project
Recovery Voices, developed by David Clark and Wulf Livingston, captures conversations about what works in supporting recovery from addiction, and in the development of peer-led recovery communities, from a range of individuals with lived experience, as well as friends of recovery.
We highlight common messages and learnings that come from these conversations, providing a resource for people working with, and supporting, recovery and recovery communities.
We celebrate the lives and successes of recovering people and recovery communities, and in doing so enhance the visibility of recovery and highlight what can be achieved.
We encourage the development of new peer-led recovery communities and their interaction with other initiatives.
David Clark's career has included neuroscience, recovery advocacy, and the promotion of Indigenous healing practices. He has been a storyteller, educator, researcher, and community developer. David’s is passionate about promoting the work of recovering people and their friends. He is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology.
Wulf Livingston has had a lifelong relationship with alcohol and other drugs. This relationship has come through personal use, familial and social contexts, working in hospitality, as a social work practitioner and latterly as a researcher. He is currently Professor of Alcohol Studies at Wrexham University in North Wales.
Ash Whitney of Wired up Wales is a web developer with 23 years experience based in Wales (UK) specialising in WordPress development. Ash has an established client base that includes customers from small business, government, publishing, charity, community organisations, academic and health sectors.
David’s work across many decades has laid the groundwork for words and practices that today trip off the tongue, such as ‘recovery movement’ and ‘cultural trauma’. The Recovery Voices website brings his insights from the field into one home. It also invites us to the meal table within that house. He and his collaborator Wulf Livingston rightly reserve a special seat for the people and communities whose stories we must hear into full expression to move towards genuine reconciliation. Thank you, David, for your continued groundbreaking work and the wholehearted way you convene us into the heartland of an alternative future. Cormac Russell, Author of Rekindling Democracy and Co-author of The Connected Community.
I’m glad that this new website has been launched—it’ll help people share their experience of what it means to be human and help remind them of the simplicity of the recovery journey to wholeness. Congratulations to my friends David, Wulf, and colleagues—their dedication to helping others navigate their humanness is something I’ve long admired. Wynford Ellis Owen, Former CEO at Living Room Cardiff, Wales
Congratulations on the new website! Bill White (Addiction Recovery Advocate, Historian and Researcher)
The new resource Recovery Voices digs into the lives and experiences of people who, in recovery themselves, spend time with others seeking, or in, recovery from addictions. In identifying themes, it draws out the rich diversity of experiences, showing how there is no single 'grand narrative' of recovery, no single 'recipe', just lots of people living out their own authentic lives in ways that they greatly prefer. The site represents a tonne of voluntary work from David Clark in Australia and Wulf Livingston in Wales. Their collaboration in itself shows how recovery seeds in, and spreads from, the spaces between people in relationships. Professor Wendy Dossett, University of Chester, England
I’ve been learning from David’s websites for over 20 years now, and his new Recovery Voices initiative with Wulf Livingston has added a new dimension to my experiences. I love the films and through them I am ‘meeting’ new people, discovering exciting recovery community initiatives, and learning even more about recovery and related matters. It’s a little university… and it’s only just begun! Michael Scott, Australia (45 years in recovery from alcohol addiction, 40 years as a drug and alcohol treatment practitioner)