“As you might know, I’ve been a heroin addict from 15 to 20, and I have recovered from that, from depression and from many other dependencies on people and things during my 58 years. I can therefore say that I’m a Recovery expert, working on a peer-to-peer approach, and SPEX is a very powerful tool to work on our addictions”. Cristina Nuñez
Cristina Nuñez held many SPEX workshops for people with addictions to substances, both in prisons in Spain, Norway, Italy and Switzerland, and in rehab facilities, for example in Palermo’s SERT (service for drug addictions) on a project called “Palermo, uno sguardo a fuoco” directed by Nuccia Cammara, and in two projects in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University. The first of these was an European project directed by Mark Prest (Portraits of Recovery), and the second was a project called “Wonderland, the art of becoming human”, directed by Prof. Amanda Ravetz, in collaboration with Mark Prest (Portraits of Recovery). Amanda Ravetz authored a film (the video above) which documents Cristina’s SPEX workshop for a group of “Recoverists”, people in recovery from substance abuse. The film got the Utopia Award of the AHRC. A Recoverist Manifesto was written and published by Clive Parkinson, director of Arts for Health, MMU.
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