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Addiction recovery stories: Lauren Wearing in conversation with Lisa Ogilvie

Lauren Wearing (Acorn Recovery Projects, Burnley, UK)
Lisa Ogilvie (School of Psychology, University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)

Advances in Dual Diagnosis

ISSN: 1757-0972

Article publication date: 1 December 2022




This purpose of this paper is to contribute to a series of recovery stories that examine candid accounts of addiction and recovery. Shared components in the recovery process are considered, along with the change and growth needed to support the transition from addiction to recovery.


The connectedness, hope, identity, meaning in life and empowerment (CHIME) framework comprises five elements important to recovery. CHIME provides a standard to qualitatively study recovery. As a model, it has been extended to include growth (G-CHIME), an element that is important for sustained addiction recovery. In this paper a first-hand account of addiction recovery is presented, followed by a semi-structured e-interview with the author of the account that is based on the G-CHIME model.


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


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



Wearing, L. and Ogilvie, L. (2022), "Addiction recovery stories: Lauren Wearing in conversation with Lisa Ogilvie", Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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