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Addiction recovery stories: Rebecca Kippax in conversation with Lisa Ogilvie

Rebecca Kippax (Department of Psychology, University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)
Lisa Ogilvie (Department of Psychology, University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)

Advances in Dual Diagnosis

ISSN: 1757-0972

Article publication date: 13 June 2023

Issue publication date: 1 September 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 the 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 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.


To the best of the authors’ knowledge, each account of recovery in this series is unique, and as yet, untold.



Kippax, R. and Ogilvie, L. (2023), "Addiction recovery stories: Rebecca Kippax in conversation with Lisa Ogilvie", Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 199-206.



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