recovery advocacy

17th November 2023

Recovery Advocacy & The System: Wendy Dossett

When you are independent of the system you are treated with less respect, and even disrespected by the system—‘you don’t know what you are doing, you are a bunch of amateurs, you’re not professional, or you’re not subject to any regulations…’ You are dismissed for speaking out...
10th November 2023

Changing Face of Treatment and Recovery: Wulf Livingston

Recovering people were taken on in treatment services as peer supporters or support workers. Now that recovering people had jobs within the treatment system, they couldn’t advocate for radical recovery in the same way they had when they were outside the system.
25th October 2023

The UK Addiction Recovery Movement: Wulf Livingston

Recovering people were taken on in treatment services as peer supporters or support workers. Now that recovering people had jobs within the treatment system, they couldn’t advocate for radical recovery in the same way they had when they were outside the system.
6th October 2023

Until the Lion Learns To Write: Huseyin Djemil

Huseyin mentions the proverb, 'Until the lion learns to write, all the stories will be from the hunters' perspective.' He emphasises that the present sorts of video and the recovery-related content on the Recovery Voices website are the lion learning to write.
20th September 2023

Wulf Livingston, Part 2

Wulf Livingston initially describes the national addiction recovery movement which grew up in the UK between 2008-12, and then how this initiative faded at a national level over later years. What we see today in terms of recovery is very different to what occurred at this earlier time. Wulf goes on to talk about North Wales Recovery...
18th September 2023

Wulf Livingston

Wulf Livingston talks about his early hedonistic drug and alcohol use, life as a successful chef, and qualification as a social worker. He then worked with the drug and alcohol charity Lifeline in England, CAIS and later the Probation Service in North Wales. Wulf later joined academia, eventually becoming Professor of Alcohol Studies...
18th September 2023

Gifts of Knowledge That Recovering People Can Bestow: Bill White

'Recovery Rising 'is the professional memoirs of William White who, over the span of five decades, evolved through several diverse roles to emerge as the addiction fields preeminent historian and one of its most visionary voices and prolific writers. Recovery Rising contains the...
10th September 2023

Recovery Advocacy, Part 1

Huseyin describes the treatment system wheeling out 'their' people in recovery and saying, 'Look at how wonderful we are!" He goes on talk about an old proverb he uses from time-to-time: ‘Until the lion learns to write, all the stories will be from the hunters’ perspective.' 'I guess these videos, the blogs, and all of that is the lion...