Addiction and Recovery are terms that dominate current discourse in the drugs field and have now entered the public consciousness through blanket media coverage. Despite this they are rarely clearly defined and often used in unquestioning, confusing and sometimes contradictory ways.
So what do they really mean? Who decides who is an addict and on what basis? Is addiction an illness or disease from which you cannot completely recover or is it a functional behaviour that keeps people alive in the face of underlying trauma?
Is there such a thing as an addictive personality and, if so, is it down to our genes and/or environment? What are drug users recovering from and what are they recovering to?
This course will ask, and attempt to answer, difficult questions that have an important impact on how we go about supporting people who experience drug-related problems.