The 2008 National Drug Strategy states that, “The goal of all
treatment is for drug users to achieve abstinence from their drug –
or drugs – of dependency”.
In the past there was quite rightly an emphasis on getting
people into treatment to reduce the harms that drug and alcohol
cause to individuals families and communities. Drug and Alcohol
Action Teams became very good at getting people into treatment and
helping them to maintain that treatment. However, some people
became 'stuck' in their treatment and were not progressing towards
recovery, so that they could lead full lives in their families and
communities and take part in education volunteering and
Recovery is now at the centre of our work in commissioning
treatment services, engaging with service users and providing
opportunities for reintegration. Treatment is an important part of
recovery but there are many other ingredients needed for successful
and sustainable recovery from drug and alcohol misuse. There is
robust evidence that taking part in meaningful activities is a
positive influence on recovery. In short – boredom is the enemy of
Worcestershire County Council is working in partnership with
other agencies to create a menu of Recovery
Opportunities for services users
Service Users and their families can also have a substantial
influence on recovery, so Worcestershire County Council &
Pathways to Recovery (the integrated drug and alcohol treatment
service) are working to ensure that this potential is accessed
wherever possible. See our Recovery Café, Peer Mentoring and Service User
Engagement pages for more information about what is happening
Mutual Aid (self-help and peer support) groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous,
SMART Recovery and Narcotics Anonymous can also be an
excellent recovery resource for many people.
- Talk to Frank
and confidential information and signposting.
Community programme to encourage
abstinence from alcohol.
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other.
Information, training and support for carers, support groups and
- Alcohol Myths
Test your knowledge of alcohol-related
risks and find out the facts about drinking.
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This page was last reviewed 9 May 2013 at 12:09.
The page is next due for review 5 November 2014.