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Recovery in addictions policy and practice: Meanings and challenges

Guest editors: Polly Radcliffe and Charlotte Tompkins, King’s College London, UK

About the special issue

Substance misuse policy has increasingly focused on the concept of recovery, the recognition that in order to overcome substance misuse and rebuild lives, people need access to a wide range of holistic support as well as treatment. While views on what constitutes recovery and its implications for service users have been contested and do vary, the move towards recovery-oriented treatment and support services, from traditional mutual aid groups to new recovery communities, is nevertheless evident.

The purpose of this special issue is to critically examine international developments in addiction recovery policy and practice.

We encourage submissions that address the following topics, though we welcome submissions on other topics related to the theme:

  • National and international recovery agenda and policy development
  • Innovations, interventions and developments in recovery, including best practice examples
  • Service user-led recovery
  • Recovery discourse; experiences and meanings of recovery
  • Recovery amongst different groups and populations (e.g. women, homeless people, poly-substance users)
  • Role of recovery in criminal justice systems
  • Building and sustaining recovery
  • The use and development of methodologies for researching recovery

We welcome literature reviews and empirical research using qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods in any area of addiction. We encourage manuscripts that critically discuss the implications of their findings for the ongoing development of addiction recovery policy and practice.


Submission of abstracts – deadline 30 April 2015
Submission of final papers – deadline 7 August 2015

Authors interested in submitting a manuscript for consideration in the special issue are asked in the first instance to submit an abstract outlining the proposed content and focus of the manuscript. These abstracts should be emailed to Polly Radcliffe ([email protected]) and Charlotte Tompkins ([email protected]) by 30th April 2015.The email subject heading should read “Recovery Special Issue, Drugs and Alcohol Today”.

The editors will inform authors by 11th May whether to proceed to full submission.

If selected, complete manuscripts will be due on 7th August 2015. All manuscripts will be subject to the normal Drugs and Alcohol Today peer review process. The special issue is expected to be finalised in November 2015 and published in March 2016.

Authors should consult the journal's guidelines for authors before submitting abstracts

Further information about Drugs and Alcohol Today can be found here.