Plenary sessions Thursday 20 September '18

Plenary sessions Friday 21 September '18

Parallel session 1. Recovery - the new holy grail or the recognition of how it always was

Parallel session 2. Women and recovery - on the need for gender-sensitive treatment

Parallel session 3. Measuring recovery capital and other predictors of change

Parallel session 4. Prison, desistance and the recovery process - complementary factors

Parallel session 5. Supporting recovery in the community - challenges and pitfalls

Parallel session 6. Supporting parents and families in overcoming addiction

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Initiating and supporting recovery is the primary goal of therapeutic communities and other treatment services worldwide. Although definitions of recovery vary, it is generally understood as an ongoing, multi-dimensional process of change leading to improved functioning and quality of life on several domains, including substance use, physical and mental health, housing, meaningful activities (e.g. employment) and social participation. Personal recovery has been described as a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life, even with the limitations caused by illness (Slade, 2010).

The aim of the XVII EWODOR Symposium is to better understand the process of addiction recovery and to identify pathways that promote recovery or challenges that may impede the recovery process, based on contemporary research and practices. We will focus on the role of residential and outpatient treatment and specific interventions/services, as well as on the role of other change mechanisms such as self-help and peer support. Also, the role of self-change or natural recovery will be studied. In particular, we aim to explore the recovery process in relation to gender, families, ethnic minority groups and criminal desistance.


This Symposium is organized by Ghent University (Department of Special Needs Education) and Drug-free Therapeutic Program De Kiem, and will take place at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences in Ghent (Belgium).

The symposium is targeted at professionals working in addiction treatment services or the criminal justice system and junior and senior researchers.