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Recovery Plus Measures of recovery, by service providers 1. Reduced drug use 2. Using drugs safely 3. Achieving abstinence 4. Practising relapse prevention* 5. Reduced cravings 6. Accessing treatment* 7. Accessing peer support/self-help 8. Engaging in private therapy 9. Having good mental health 10. Being confident 11. Coping* 12. Feeling in control 13. Having self-belief 14. Having self-worth 15. Being able to trust people 16. Having emotional balance 17. Achieving self-acceptance 18. Having no anxiety 19. Dealing with past trauma* 20. Accepting responsibility* 21. Being able to manage feelings* 22. Not feeling depressed 23. Not being lonely 24. Feeling safe* 25. Having good physical health 26. Being physically active 27. Taking care of your appearance 28. Taking care of yourself * 29. Eating healthily 30. Dealing with toothache 31. Appetite returning 32. Not feeling tired 33. Going to the toilet regularly/ not being constipated 34. Periods coming back (for women) 35. Sex drive coming back 36. Putting on weight 37. Feeling energetic 38. Sleeping well* 39. Having a daily routine* 40. Going to appointments* 41. Having hobbies 42. Using time meaningfully 43. Not being bored 44. Participating in education/training 45. Doing voluntary work 46. Having a paid job 47. Having a stable income 48. Not having debts 49. Being able to manage money* 50. Having stable housing* 51. Living independently 52. Keeping the house clean and tidy 53. Having good relationships with family (including partner and children) 54. Having good relationships with peers in recovery 55. Having good relationships with non-using friends* 56. Having social support* 57. Being independent 58. Not having negative relationships 59. Having honest relationships* 60. Supporting others 61. Having a role in society 62. Participating in society 63. Not causing problems to society 64. Having a good quality of life* 65. Not offending 66. Not being in contact with the criminal justice system 67. Behaving morally 68. Not feeling shame or guilt 69. Feeling positive 70. Not feeling stigmatized 71. Being self-aware 72. Having a non-addict identity 73. Having purpose* 74. Having realistic plans and goals* 75. Having hope 76. Being spiritual * Service users had few problems with these measures. The misattribution of feelings and behaviours. Some service users never lost their appetite during their drinking or drug use, needed to lose weight rather than increase it, felt energetic using drugs and tired in abstinence – and many were proud to identify as an addict in recovery, and did not aspire to be part of mainstream society and its ‘dubious values’. Inappropriate language. Participants noted that measures were designed by people who had ‘no idea of their experiences’. your library’s essential reference Feb 2016 15


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