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Recovery Plus your library’s essential reference Feb 2016 77 About the author Laura Graham is an independent consultant undertaking research, strategy and policy development, and writing in the areas of addiction recovery, mental health and offender management. She is the founder of Cure the NHS – Lambeth which works to improve NHS provision locally (laurasmail@tiscali.co.uk). Researcher Laura Graham finds optimism even among losses of lives from drugs and closures of rehabs. “As a sector, we need to become more united,” she urges. One such event was hosting a meeting with the Recovered Users Network chair, Boro Goic (see photo below right), on his fact-finding trip over to England from Sarajevo last October. Goic, through his work at RUN, is a member of the Civil Society Task Force working towards the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs in New York in April 2016. This will be the most significant opportunity to hold a global-level and in-depth discussion on drugs in the past 20 years and for the first time will discuss addiction recovery at great length. It is vital that this important meeting captures as many recovery voices as possible and Goic is keen to hear from you! To get involved simply join RUN (at no cost) at run@eurad.net. 2016 has to be a better year. We are in danger of losing more of the smaller services which, despite proven track records of success in helping people to initiate and sustain recovery, are currently gasping for breath waiting for the crumbs of funding to fall off the table in their direction. With a shrinking range of treatments available, there will be fewer options for people to access when they need help to get well. Additionally, with less money being made available, the more competitive providers will become at a time when, as a sector, we really need to become more united. The time to do so is now and I choose to remain optimistic. Turn to page 47 for Laura’s loathes


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