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dc.contributor.authorBest, David
dc.contributor.authorVanderplasschen, Wouter
dc.contributor.authorNisic, Mulka
dc.identifier.citationBest, D., Vanderplasschen, W. and Nisic, M., (2020). 'Measuring capital in active addiction and recovery: The development of the Strengths And Barriers Recovery Scale (SABRS)'. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, pp. 1-8.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe international Life In Recovery (LiR) surveys have provided an important message to the public and policy makers about the reality of change from addiction to recovery, consistently demonstrating both that there are marked gains across a range of life domains and that the longer the person is in recovery the better their recovery strengths and achievements. However, to date, no attempt has been made to quantify the Life In Recovery scales and to assess what levels of change in removing barriers and building strengths is achieved at which point in the recovery journey. The current study undertakes a preliminary analysis of strengths and barriers from the Life in Recovery measure, using data from a European survey on drug users in recovery (n = 480), and suggests that the instrument can be edited into a Strengths And Barriers Recovery Scale (SABRS). The new scale provides a single score for both current recovery strengths and barriers to recovery. The resulting data analysis shows that there are stepwise incremental changes in recovery strengths at different recovery stages, but these occur with only very limited reductions in barriers to recovery, with even those in stable recovery typically having at least two barriers to their quality of life and wellbeing. Greater strengths in active addiction are associated with greater strengths and resources in recovery. As well as demonstrating population changes in each of the domains assessed, the current study has shown the potential of the Life In Recovery Scale as a measure of recovery capital that can be used to support recovery interventions and pathways.en_US
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLCen_US
dc.subjectHealth Policyen_US
dc.subjectPsychiatry and Mental healthen_US
dc.titleMeasuring capital in active addiction and recovery: the development of the strengths and barriers recovery scale (SABRS)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Ghent, Henri Dunantlaan 2, B-9000, Ghenten_US
dc.contributor.departmentBelgium Recovered Users Network, Rue Archimede 17, 1000, Brussels, Belgiumen_US
dc.identifier.journalSubstance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policyen_US
dc.source.journaltitleSubstance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy

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