• Liam Metcalf-White FAVOR Conference Blackpool 2017

    Liam Metcalf-White: An Ethnography of the UK National Recovery Walk: Faces and Voices of Recovery UK Conference Blackpool 8th September 2017

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  • Wendy Dossett FAVOR Conference Blackpool 2017

    Dr Wendy Dossett: The North Wales Recovery Project:  Faces and Voices of Recovery UK Conference Blackpool 8th September 2017

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  • AA – why does it work ? Cork’s 96FM Opinion Line

    Cork’s 96FM Opinion Line Radio Show AA – why does it work.. and is it a religion or even a cult? Also, Corks new bridge – who should it be named after? Starting at the 24minutes mark – listen to Dr. Wendy Dossett talk about AA. Access the SoundCloud saved radio programme here: or here: […]

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  • Spirituality and Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder

    Spiritus contra spiritum Spirituality and Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder Alister Hardy Lampeter Lecture 16th July 2017 University of Wales: Trinity St David The following link will take you to the video and PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Wendy Dossett  

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  • Is Spiritual Anonymity Depriving Us of Addiction Recovery Role Models?

    Recovery from addiction is becoming increasingly visible. In September,International Recovery Month, people dressed in purple, walked communally through city and town centres on several continents, with whistles and banners, holding fêtes and festivals of all kinds, to announce publicly that recovery is a reality in their lives or in the lives of their loved ones. […]

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  • Addiction and Faith: The 12-Step Programme

    The 12 steps which form the backbone of Alcoholics Anonymous and many other self-help groups for addicts were first devised in America in the 1930s – and whilst they only mention alcohol once, God features four times, along with references to a higher power and spiritual awakening.

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  • Can Spirituality Help People with Substance Use Disorders?

    In the days following comedian Russell Brand’s announced plans for Comic Relief benefit to help highlight the issue of drug and alcohol dependence in the UK, academics from the University of Chester are preparing for a two-day event focused on the issues of addiction.

    On February 20th and 21st, the institution is hosting a two-day event where well-known speakers from the fields of addiction studies, religious studies and theology, as well as treatment centre professionals and counsellors, will discuss the connection between addiction and spirituality.

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  • Higher Power Project Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1

    The Higher Power Project is a qualitative study of the diversity of the language of Higher Power used by people in twelve-step recovery from addiction. The twelve step approach to recovery identifies the problem of addiction as rooted in the powerlessness of the individual over the substance or behaviour which is causing them or others harm. Given acceptance of this, an alternative power must be sought.

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