From Connection to Recovery – Why an Addict Alone is in Bad Company

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Season 3

15th November 2022 | Grayson Bartels | 31:52

Grayson Bartels is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh working on his thesis which looks at how people in prison recover from Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

In this episode of Just Humans we talk about Grayson’s own struggle with addiction to narcotics, the emotional cost of this kind of research and why he thinks connection is the essential ingredient to recovery.

This episode includes a clip taken from Johann Hari’s Ted Talk, ‘Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong’ which is available on YouTube https://youtu.be/PY9DcIMGxMs

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Hosted/Produced/Edited by Rachelle Cobain, Communications Officer at SCCJR

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Music: ‘Rewind’ by Donna Maciocia and Sean H available to download from the Distant Voices EP ‘Looking at Colours Again’.

Photo by Melih Bakir, Unsplash

Other Season 3 episodes

13th December 2022

Punishment & Protection: The Paradox of Sex Work in Scotland

Dr Anastacia Elle Ryan talks to Rachelle Cobain about the social and legal position of sex work, how decriminalisation may have a positive impact on workers in Scotland and why she decided to turn her academic studies into activism and advocacy.

6th December 2022

Teejay & Mary: Two Tales of Supervision

In this episode we talk about how two very different encounters Fergus McNeill has had during his career – one with a man we’re calling Teejay and another with Mary – had a profound and enduring impact on his research and his perception of supervision.

29th November 2022

Letters from Prison: An Exploration of Isolation

Over the last year Deborah Russo has been working on a written correspondence project which has seen her amass more than 150 letters from people in prison, detailing personal accounts of their experiences of isolation.

21st November 2022

Are you Listening? Shining a Light on Domestic Abuse in Scotland

Dr Emma Forbes joins us in this episode to describe her extraordinary project GlassWalls which uses the medium of stained glass to shine a light on domestic abuse in Scotland.