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    A safe place to reflect on the meaning of recovery: a recovery community co-productive approach using multimedia interviewing technology

    Cox, Nigel ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4159-9449, Clayson, Amanda and Webb, Lucy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2580-3654 (2016) A safe place to reflect on the meaning of recovery: a recovery community co-productive approach using multimedia interviewing technology. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 16 (1). pp. 4-15. ISSN 1745-9265

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    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop further the understanding of co-productive methodological practice for substance use research by demonstrating the use of a mobile, multimedia interviewing aid by members of a UK recovery community. Design/methodology/approach – A co-productive approach to data collection was piloted using a bespoke, audio-visual booth located in a range of recovery and community-focused social events. Audio-visual data were collaboratively selected, curated and analysed by recovery community partners and researchers. Findings – Findings illustrate how a mobile audio-visual booth can be used successfully within co-productive research. This approach facilitated a better understanding of the experiences and practices of self-reflection within the recovery community as they worked together to create a meaningful recovery largely independent of conventional recovery services. Research limitations/implications – This research was performed with one cohort of co-production members. However, the co-productive nature of the enquiry and the rich data this provided invites the making of cautious but firmer claims with regard to the transferability of this approach to similar recovery contexts. Social implications – Co-productive approaches confer a meaningful impact upon members of the recovery community, and wider understanding of this approach will promote an impact upon others engaging in recovery, supporting growth of a practice-based and theoretically underpinned evidence base. Originality/value – This study highlights use of digital technologies within co-productive community-based methodologies, reducing reliance upon academic expertise, and facilitating participant leadership in research. The analysis also signposts new areas for scholarly discussion in the area of co-productive, community-driven research.

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