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My life in recovery - Experiences and data on recovery journeys of women across Europe
Side event at the 64th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs
Tuesday, April 13 2021
10-10:50 am

While the recovery movement has created a hope-based model for improving outcomes for clients, there has been less emphasis on the implications for women in addiction and recovery. To address this gap the ERANID REC-PATH project examined gender differences in the four European countries and has established cooperation with Recovered Users Network - RUN to expand international database and subjective experiences across Europe and the Balkans.

This unique event will show the results of both the quantitative and in-depth qualitative researches and showcase a personal story of a woman in recovery from addiction and her journey discovery through the Photovoice project. The emphasis of the event will be on understanding the pathways of recovery from addiction with a focus on lived experiences, and through creating shared dialogues about recovery while creating art. Speakers will provide a valuable insight into project activities with a special focus on gender differences but also the implications for addiction and recovery services, as well as for communities and society as a whole.

The main focus of the event will be on building inclusion and reducing marginalization and stigmatization of women in recovery by promoting and celebrating recovery and making recovery visible.

Ms Mulka NISIC – RUN- Recovered Users Network
Ms Regina MATTSSON- World Federation Against Drugs – Gender Working Group

Ms Cecilia HAJZLER – Celebrate Recovery
Prof David BEST- University of Derby
Prof Wouter VANDERPLASSCHEN- Ghent University

Ms Monica BARZANTI – San Patrignano Foundation
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