Addictions Edited: the monthly take-home

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Addictions Edited is the new podcast from the Society for the Study of Addiction. Addictions Edited is a monthly podcast for people working in addiction policy, research and treatment settings. Each month the team will s

Supporting people into employment: 'IPS into work' with WDP

Season 1, Ep. 12
Rob talks to WDP about the challenges and rewards of running an IPS employment support programme. In this episode of Addictions Edited, Rob looks at how addiction treatment services can help people to find and keep employment. Recorded on 20 March 2022, Rob met three people who work in WDP’s Individual Placement and Support service (IPS Into Work); Rebecca Odedra, Harj Bansil and Claire Bowey. They each talked about finding jobs, the range of jobs they work with and how they deal with potentially stigmatising views when talking to employers. As well as the challenges, they also talk about how rewarding their work can be when helping people in their recovery. Rebecca discusses how IPS was adapted from mental health settings, how it is evaluated and their experiences of fidelity rating. “You’ve got people who may have been unemployed for 10 sometimes 20 years, so that is a huge step for them and it’s such an achievement and it’s just nice to be a part of that and help people realise their goals” Claire Bowey“What really appealed to me about the IPS model, was that it did not discriminate, it wasn’t someone telling service users that you have to be well to be working, it was very much based on their motivation and then developing the right support around them to foster successful outcomes” Harj BansilUseful links: About IPS: website: Into Work: Into Work Impact Report 2019-2021:

Author interview: Long-term recovery from substance use: European perspectives

Season 1, Ep. 8
The SSA talks to the editors behind a new textbook about recovery from substance use problems. They discuss the different types of experiences and stories that went into the book, how this text consolidates and advances knowledge about recovery, and give a behind-the-scenes look at the world of academic publishing.Meet the guests of this bonus episode of Addictions Edited:Professor Sarah Galvani is Professor of Social Research and Substance Use at Manchester Metropolitan University.Professor Alastair Roy is Professor of Social Research in the School of Social Work, Care and Community, University of Central Lancashire.Amanda Clayson is the founder of VoiceBox Inc. and a community research partner with Manchester Metropolitan University.Sarah, Alastair, and Amanda collaborated on a book titled “Long-term recovery from substance use: European perspectives”, which was published on 14 January 2022. This unique text centres the voices of people with substance use problems, and brings together international experts to explore different aspects of people’s experience of long-term recovery from substance use.Reactions to the book:"This book will get you thinking. Drawing on research and experiences from different countries and different substances, it skillfully explores relationships, trauma and life stages presenting lived experiences of long-term recovery." Hilda Loughran, Associate Professor of Social Work/Social Policy at University College Dublin"A particular strength of the book is the prominence it gives to the voices of experts by experience, either because their substance use has been problematic for them or because it has affected them as family members." Jim Orford, University of Birmingham and King's College London