Recovery from drugs and desistance from crime
The primary objective of this research is to investigate the dual processes of desistance from crime and recovery from addiction within the same population. The research therefore targets a thus far neglected area of scholarly study. Specifically, the aims of the Fellowship are twofold, i) to understand the personal, social, and structural factors that contribute towards ‘long-term’ desistance and recovery, and ii) to explore why individuals who had achieved more than three years success in both processes then experience relapse and recidivism. The EU-funded SLIPPED project will have three avenues of investigation, i) an interdisciplinary review of relevant literature and studies from the disciplines of Criminology and Addiction Studies, ii) an analysis of relevant legislature, and iii) 60 semi-structured qualitative interviews to uncover the nuances and complexities of maintenance and relapse in long-term desistance and recovery.