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Rowdy Yates

Rowdy Yates is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He was formerly the facilitator of the Scottish Addiction Studies group at the Faculty of Social Science, University of Stirling. He has worked in the substance misuse field for over forty-five years and, prior to this appointment, he was the director and co-founder of a collective of former addicts, subsequently called Lifeline Project. He has published widely on addiction issues; including an edited book (with Barbara Rawlings) on drug-free therapeutic communities; a handbook on the purchasing, management and evaluation of drug and alcohol services; and an edited collection (with Margaret Malloch) on recovery and pathways out of addiction. In 1994 he was awarded the MBE for services to the prevention of drug addiction. He is the current Executive Director of EWODOR (the European Working Group on Drugs Oriented Research) and President of the EFTC (European Federation of Therapeutic Communities).