Recovery Plus: Workplace wellbeing 22 September 2016 Lives in recovery (cont'd) The infographic on the left summarises some of the key findings of the Life In recovery study. This shows some of the amazing transformations that are associated with recovery – with huge drops in domestic violence and offending and incredible gains in stable employment. There is also a strong theme of 'giving back' to society that is reflected not only in the taxes which are paid but also in the incredibly high rate of volunteering: 79.4% of people in long-term recovery have volunteered since starting their recovery journey. That is a generous contribution to the wellbeing and flourishing of local communities. Moreover, people in recovery volunteer at twice the rate of the general public with no addiction or recovery history. This is a good news story that it is critical to document because it represents such a striking piece of evidence about why we need to do everything we can as a society to encourage and support people to start and sustain recovery journeys. It is both an altruistic and a selfish motivation as not only does recovery reduce all kinds of harms and damage to individuals and groups, but it also makes families, communities and society a stronger and better place to live. So download a copy of the report (http://shura. shu.ac.uk/12200) and circulate it among your friends, families and colleagues – share the story! Photos in this article of people publicly celebrating recovery: (previous page, clockwise from top left) Eric Clapton, Anthony Hopkins, Allison Janney, Robert Downey Jr, Rob Lowe, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Radcliffe, Demi Lovato and Gary Oldman (this page, left to right) Craig Ferguson, Colin Farrell, Alisan Porter and Jack Osbourne.
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