Recovery Pathways / Project overview

European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs (ERANID)

A network of five research institutes across four countries has been successful in winning the right to carry out a major piece of research into addiction recovery. This research is funded by the European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs (ERANID). The research institutes that will be carrying out this piece of research are as follows: Sheffield Hallam University, UK (David Best); Ghent University, Belgium (Wouter Vanderplasschen); IVO, The Netherlands (Dike van de Mheen); University of Manchester, UK (Tim Millar); & University College Ghent, Belgium (Jessica De Maeyer).

This survey, the Life in Recovery Survey (LiR), is the first part of a wider research study, called Recovery Pathways or REC-PATH. The study will enable researchers in four countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Scotland and England) to identify different successful recovery pathways.

A group of participants will be selected by the research teams and asked if they will participate in the second and third parts of the wider study. Following this group of participants over a 12 month period, the study aims to track changes in recovery; friendship and kinship groups; and social circumstances. By investigating these changes over time, we hope to better understand which recovery pathways work best for whom, when and where in a person’s recovery journey. This is vital in order to better inform drug and recovery orientated policy.