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Addiction recovery stories: Neil Curran in conversation with Lisa Ogilvie

Neil Curran (Acorn Recovery Projects, Burnley, UK)
Lisa Ogilvie (Department of Psychology, University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)

Advances in Dual Diagnosis

ISSN: 1757-0972

Article publication date: 24 January 2022

Issue publication date: 8 March 2022




This paper aims to explore the transition from addiction to recovery. It is the second in a series of recovery stories that examine candid accounts of addiction and recovery. Shared components of recovery are considered, along with the change and growth needed to support the transition.


The CHIME framework comprises five elements important to recovery (Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment). It provides a standard to qualitatively study mental health recovery, having also been applied to addiction recovery. In this paper, an element for Growth is included in the model (G-CHIME), to consider both recovery, and sustained recovery. A first-hand account of addiction recovery is presented, followed by a semi-structured e-interview with the author of the account. This is structured 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.



Curran, N. and Ogilvie, L. (2022), "Addiction recovery stories: Neil Curran in conversation with Lisa Ogilvie", Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 17-21.



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