Published: 02 December 2014

The role of social and human capital in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction

This rapid evidence assessment (REA) summarises evidence on the role of social and human capital in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. It synthesises evidence from a range of literature, including reviews which seek to identify the role that social relationships play in the process of recovery, and primary research studies which examine the impact of social support on treatment completion and success in achieving and maintaining abstinence. It has been written for a practitioner audience – to provide stakeholders with key messages from recent research that can be used to inform the decisions they need to make. This series is part of a process of knowledge transfer and exchange between the HRB and those engaged in developing and implementing responses to problem drug and alcohol use in Ireland. The reviews support drug and alcohol taskforces, service providers and policy makers in using research-based knowledge in their decision making, particularly in regard to their assigned actions in the National Drugs Strategy.


  • Tony Munton
  • Elaine Wedlock
  • Alan Gomersall

Publication (PDF, 499 KB)

Publication (PDF, 499 KB)

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