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Who are we?

The research group 'Recovery & Addiction is part of the department of Special Needs Education at Ghent University. We conduct research on various forms of support to promote recovery in young people and adults with substance use problems or other forms of mental vulnerability. We consider it crucial to amplify the voices of individuals with addiction or those in recovery and to develop support and interventions that contribute maximally to their quality of life.

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What do we know about recovery and addiction?

Access to various internal and external resources is crucial for recovery. Examples include having sufficient financial means, good physical and mental health, finding support from friends or family, and, if necessary, being able to rely on social services. These resources can be utilized to achieve and sustain recovery.

The collection of all these resources is referred to as recovery capital. Generally, recovery capital is situated at three levels: personal, social, and community levels.

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What do we study?

Currently, several studies are conducted by our research group that focus on addiction and recovery. We often assume that treatment is necessary for recovery, but international research has shown that people are capable of changing themselves, even without professional interventions. In this study, our primary goal is to better understand the complex reality of individuals undergoing a process of change without professional help. To achieve this, we go beyond merely examining substance use and its consequences, focusing on the individual and considering important elements in their social environment and broader society.
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Recent blog posts

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Recording Recovery College 2024
On Wednesday, March 20th, for the second consecutive year, a recovery symposium took place at Ghent University. The aim was to make recovery more visible and open for discussion, while providing valuable experiences and insights to individuals in recovery, their loved ones, and practitioners.
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Recovery among persons with a migration background

Person with a migration background who use drugs can find themselves in a vulnerable position for various reasons. Hence, in recent years, the research group on recovery and addiction has conducted several studies to examine substance use recovery and accessibility to quality care for persons with a migration background.

Aline Pouille defended her doctoral thesis titled "Recovery from problem substance use among persons with a migration background and ethnic minorities: an analysis of lived experiences” in September 2023. This research qualitatively explored recovery capital among individuals with a migration background (mainly 1st and 2nd generation) in Flanders, examining how it can be affected by personal, social, and community factors, as well as identifying which recovery capital can support addiction recovery and how these strengths can be better addressed in treatment. This was done through the exploration of scientific literature, the lived experiences of a diversity of persons with a migration background, and a co-creative research with an experiential expert on the continuum of care for people with an Islamic migration background.

Recovery College with prof. Mike Slade

On Wednesday the 20th of March 2024, the second annual Recovery College will be held at Ghent University. This event aims to make recovery from addiction and mental health issues more visible, placing a strong emphasis on experiential work.

This edition will feature Professor Mike Slade, a pioneer in research on recovery in individuals with mental health problems. Professor Slade is affiliated with the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom where he holds the position of Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion.

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