Australian Life in Recovery Project


Little is known about peoples’ experiences of recovery from alcohol and other drug problems, especially in Australia.

The Australian Life in Recovery Project aimed to:

  • examine peoples’ experiences of addiction and recovery
  • explore the impacts of recovery of peoples’ lives

Drawing on similar methods used to explore experiences and impacts of recovery in the United States, the project undertook the first national survey of recovery in Australia. A similar Life in Recovery surveys have since been completed in the United Kingdom.

The study reiterated the important role that recovery organisations play in initiating and sustaining recovery journeys, and the need for greater support for aftercare and recovery support services.

Project team

Turning Point team

Professor David Best, Dr Michael Savic, Mr Jock Mackenzie, Mr Ramez Bathish, and Professor Dan Lubman.

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