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Fat Cows

Posted by Tony Mellor on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Hi all, 2Tone here.

I have been looking at all of the changes that have being going on in the field of addiction lately and it has made me think about the different ways that you can measure recovery and services available.

At the moment the various measuring bodies seem to look at the available statistics to determine how bad the drug and alcohol situation is. They then produce a service that models the way things are measured.

I have just finished reading a book called The Outliners by Malcolm Gladwell, which has really gotten me, and many other people I know, thinking about the situation.

There are people in recovery groups, carers’ families, communities, along with recovery services, caring services, community services, prescribing services, harm reduction services, DATs, the NTA and Government. To me, it feels like a numbers game; is this so silly to think like this? A friend of mine said that the whole situation is like counting cows in a field, then counting them again and then saying that they are not getting fat! What do you expect? You are only counting! This is fantastic in Sesame Street, but not in Recovery Street.

To me it feels like, we the ones in recovery, just feed the recovery. This way some cows put on weight and others do not, that is until they chose to take ownership of their own recovery and they have to count on themselves to feed their recovery.

We in recovery don’t need to control. We need to be there to invest in our own recovery – this way we will always be around. All we have to do is put in our ten thousand hours (Malcolm Gladwell will explain in the interview below) and be the best at are own recovery.

Some people see the recovery of drug addicts as good numbers, and others see the therapeutic value of one addict investing in another as a true accountable measure. One thing we can all agree on is that WE HAVE TO WORK AT IT.

Above is an interview with Malcolm Gladwell. I think that it could be a way that recovery can meet the services provided? We can make sure that there are no more divisions in families, services or recovery. This is one small step for services and one giant leap for all involved.

I hope you enjoy reading this interview.

Send me your views and let me know what you think!

Over and out,

Video Synopsis

Recorded January 6, 2009.

In his latest work, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of Outliers—the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful people and asks the question: Why are high achievers different from regular people? Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, the cultural forces that make Asians so successful at math and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of Blink and The Tipping Point.

About the Giants of Science Series: This is not just for folks who got As in high school chemistry. The scientists are such good storytellers, their subjects so provocative and the conversation so easygoing that all you have to do is bring your mind (and a friend). Robert Krulwich of Nova Science Now, an NPR regular and an ABC News correspondent, is the host.

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