Can you recover what you never had?
There has been much talk in recent months as to developing a clearer more focus drug strategy. A drug strategy, that has a more clearly defined intention for both service users and those commissioning and providing the service. In Scotland this has produced a strategy that has placed the recovery process at its heart.
In the rest of the UK, the focus has been less explicitly stated. However, it is evident for recent conferences and debates in the media and within services that there is a momentum for change in how we deliver treatment and support services.
The challenge is to ensure that such a shift really benefits and is focused on those who are seeking to change behaviour, and is supported by an enthusiastic, competent workforce.