The event focused on discussing how community-led actions by people in recovery, family members, concerned neighbours and front-line services in all parts of Scotland are helping to create recovery friendly communities for people who have substance use problems.
We are very pleased that 3 leading advocates of recovery in America, whose extensive work is also very influential in Scotland and the UK, presented their views and joined in the discussions:
William (Bill) White, Senior Research Consultant, Chestnut Health Systems, spoke about designing services to maximise recovery
Pat Taylor, Executive Director of Faces and Voices of Recovery, spoke about the organised recovery movement in the U.S.
Professor Keith Humphreys, Stanford University School of Medicine, spoke about self-help/mutual help sustaining recovery. They were joined by Fraser Ross, Stephen Birrell and Anne-Marie Ward from Scotland.
Keith Humphreys is a Professor and the Section Director for Mental Health Policy in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA Health Services Research Center in Palo Alto and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London.