European Life in Recovery Survey 2018

A second wave of Life in Recovery has been launched on January 15 by Sheffield Hallam University, as part of a European research programme on pathways to recovery.

The Life in Recovery survey is part of the REC-Path project, which will involve many countries: England, Scotland, Belgium and the Netherlands, and the RUN partnership will build on this initial partnership and build a wider European recovery research network.

The project is being led by Sheffield Hallam University’s Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice in partnership with Ghent University (Belgium), IVO Addiction (Netherlands), University of Manchester, University College Ghent, and is funded by the European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs (ERANID).

The Survey charts how life is different for people in recovery from how it was during active addiction. The research will show these differences across five domains: finance; health; relationships and families; involvement with the police and crime; and work and education. The results will also allow the research team to compare what recovery looks like in a range of different countries and give the general public as well as practitioners and policy makers strong evidence base on what recovery does and what it means for people.

Why should you participate?

Your experience will contribute to understanding of recovery and could help policy makers to take appropriate measures where necessary.

Who can participate?

Anyone who considers themselves ‘in recovery’ FOR AT LEAST 3 MONTHS, or no longer uses illicit drugs problematically, is encouraged to complete the survey, with a minimum age of 18 years old.

The survey is available in eight languages and it takes around 15 minutes to complete.









We are asking those of you who have contact with people in recovery to share the survey within your networks and through the social media.

The survey and more information about the project can be accessed at

The project can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

If you have any questions, please contact the research team here .

Fill in the Survey! Each voice counts!

By Mulka Nisic

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