The debate over what constitutes ‘recovery’ from drug addiction has been raging for several months. Now, a panel of experts has come up with an answer that could unify the drugs ﬁeld.
Above all, it was recognised that recovery is a very personal and individual experience that can be achieved in many different ways and any statement describing this would therefore need to be necessarily and deliberately broad: a ‘vision’ rather than a ‘deﬁnition’. Eventually a statement was drafted, redrafted several times and ﬁnally agreed upon. Since the meeting in March this statement has been subject to further changes following wider face-to-face consultations including presentations at several conferences, but the core features of the original statement have largely withstood this scrutiny.