Recovery Plus: Workplace wellbeing 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 your library’s essential reference September 2016 21 About the author David Best is professof of criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. His key areas of expertise are the relationship between drugs and crime, and the area of desistance from offending and recovery from drug and alcohol problems. He has worked in academic research at Monash University in Australia, Strathclyde University in Glasgow, the Institute of Psychiatry in London, Birmingham University and the University of the West of Scotland. He has also worked in policy research at the Police Complaints Authority, the National Treatment Agency and the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. There is now an international movement to document what 'life in recovery' looks like - and it turns out that people in recovery give back generously, Professor David Best finds Changes in work and study over the course of recovery 0 Restored professional license Dropped out of school or college Got fired or suspended Frequently missed work or school Furthered education or training Got good job evaluations Lost occupational license Steadily employed Started own business Early recovery Sustained recovery Stable recovery Work and study by country UK US Australia Got fired / suspended 49.7% 2.7% 50.9% 10.3% 38.1% 3.7% Steadily employed 40.3% 74.0% 51.2% 82.5% 32.2% 71.4% Furthered education or training 32.0% 79.5% 36.9% 78.1% 32.6% 64.6% Started my own business 12.3% 17.9% 14.9% 27.5% 15.0% 25.5% functioning and their contribution to society. While everyone reading this might well say "of course that is true. I know all this", we need the evidence and a clear empirical demonstration. After all, not everyone has this knowledge. It is also important for us to be clear that recovery does not solve all of life's ills and to know where problems might arise for people that might trip them up. So what is important about the slide directly above is that we are building up an international evidence base demonstrating not only the power of recovery but also its consistency across multiple locations and hugely different countries and contexts. Recovery still matters and should matter to everyone. Finally, in the slide on the next page, we present you what is known as an infographic.
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