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RESOURCES A SURE start The new SURE Recovery app is a vital resource powered by the lived experience of its users, say Ed Day, Jo Neale, Alice Bowen and Paul Lennon One of the key tasks of the national recovery champion role is to bring people together within the addictions field to tackle a common goal – overcoming the pain and misery that addiction can bring. People with lived experience of addiction have a crucial part to play in recovery-oriented systems of care, and it is important that their voice is heard when policy is being developed. This is particularly so as the country adjusts to the changes imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the next phase of Dame Carol Black’s review of drug treatment services begins (news, page 5). The SURE Recovery app offers a new mechanism for supplying anonymised feedback on important topics relevant to the development of good quality treatment services. Each month users of the app will be invited to respond to a key question that will be developed by the recovery champion working with the app development team, which includes researchers from King’s College London and people with lived experience of addiction. Researchers from the app team will analyse the data from those who consent and share the anonymised findings with key policy makers, including Public Health England and NHS England. The sharing of anonymised data is completely optional, and people can use the app without answering any research questions. SURE Recovery is available to download for free from Google Play and the App Store. The work to produce SURE Recovery was undertaken in collaboration with people using alcohol or other drugs, in treatment and in recovery. It was also supported by an addiction service user research group linked to a London-based peer mentoring service called the Aurora Project. A wide range of other people were also involved in developing SURE Recovery, including addiction Not everyone has a smartphone or tablet computer, but there is evidence that people who use substances increasingly have good access to mobile technology. clinicians, Create Recovery (a small arts charity that supports people with experience of addiction issues to develop their creativity) and Mindwave Ventures (an app developer that focuses on user-centred digital design). The work was generously funded from various sources, including Action on Addiction, the Alexander 6 • DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS • JULY/AUGUST 2020 WWW.DRINKANDDRUGSNEWS.COM