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 fifty 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 addition to a large number of articles in various peer-reviewed journals. In 1994 he was awarded the MBE for services to the prevention of drug addiction. In 2012 he was made a Phoenix Futures Honorary Graduate and in 2018 he was presented with the William O’Brien Award for Excellence by the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities. 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).