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Addiction recovery stories: Bethany Holmes in conversation with Lisa Ogilvie

Bethany Holmes (The Pink Cloud Connect, Massachusetts, USA)
Lisa Ogilvie (Department of Psychology, University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)

Advances in Dual Diagnosis

ISSN: 1757-0972

Article publication date: 18 January 2023

Issue publication date: 9 February 2023




The purpose of this paper is to examine recovery through lived experience. It is part of a series that explores candid accounts of addiction and recovery to identify important components in the recovery process.


The G-CHIME model comprises six elements important to addiction recovery (growth, connectedness, hope, identity, meaning in life and empowerment). It provides a standard to against which to consider addiction recovery, having been used in this series, as well as in the design of interventions that improve well-being and strengthen recovery. In this paper, a first-hand account is presented, followed by a semi-structured e-interview with the author of the account. Narrative analysis is used to explore the account and interview through the G-CHIME model.


This paper shows that addiction recovery is a remarkable process that can be effectively explained using the G-CHIME model. The significance of each component in the model is apparent from the account and e-interview presented.


Each account of recovery in this series is unique, and as yet, untold.



Holmes, B. and Ogilvie, L. (2023), "Addiction recovery stories: Bethany Holmes in conversation with Lisa Ogilvie", Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 63-68.



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