Authored Book

Rehabilitation Work: Supporting Desistance and Recovery


Graham H (2016) Rehabilitation Work: Supporting Desistance and Recovery. International Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation, 10. London: Routledge.

Conversations about rehabilitation and how to address the drugs-crime nexus have been dominated by academics and policymakers, without due recognition of the experience and knowledge of practitioners. Not enough is known about the cultures and conditions in which rehabilitation occurs. Why is it that significant numbers of practitioners are leaving the alcohol and other drugs field, while disproportionate numbers of criminal justice practitioners are on leave? Rehabilitation Work provides a unique insight into what happens behind the closed doors of prisons, probation and parole offices, drug rehabs, and recovery support services drawing on research from Australia. This book is among the first to provide a dedicated empirical examination of the interface between the concurrent processes of desistance from crime and recovery from substance misuse, and the implications for rehabilitation work. Hannah Graham uses practitioner interviews, workforce data and researcher observations to reveal compelling differences between official accounts of rehabilitation work, and what practitioners actually do in practice. Practitioners express a desire to be the change rather than being subject to change, actively co-producing progressive reforms instead of passively coping with funding cutbacks and interagency politics. Applied examples of how practitioners collaborate, lead and innovate in the midst of challenging work are complemented with evocative illustrations of insider humour and professional resilience. This book is a key resource for students, academics and practitioners across fields including criminology and criminal justice, social work, psychology, counselling and addiction treatment.

criminology; criminal justice; social work; addictions treatment; rehabilitation; recovery; desistance; alcohol and other drugs; sociology of work; sociology of professions.

Title of seriesInternational Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation
Number in series10
Publication date31/05/2016
Publisher URL…ok/9781138888722
Place of publicationLondon