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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

Urgent challenges for drug and alcohol treatment

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Collective Voice highlights six key challenges which, together, are making substance misuse treatment face a perfect storm. Can you add to the list?

A perfect storm

Last week (12 March 2018), Collective Voice published an infographic setting out six key challenges facing the substance misuse treatment sector. 

Collective Voice is a group of eight voluntary sector organisations who have come together to ensure that the voices of the drug and alcohol treatment sector and those who use our services are represented effectively.

The agencies are Addaction, Blenheim, Change, grow, live, Changing Lives, Cranstoun, DISC, Phoenix Futures and Turning Point. 

Here’s their accompanying press release:

A perfect storm is brewing. Years of austerity, the degradation of public services, sluggish growth and falling wages are all contributing to increasing pressures on the poor and vulnerable in society. Drug and alcohol problems rarely sit in isolation; all too often they are tied up with an array of complex issues such as mental health, unemployment, homelessness, domestic violence and social deprivation. In the midst of all this, the drug and alcohol treatment system is under increasing strain and is facing a cocktail of different challenges. We set out six of them below. All of these will need to be tackled if the ambitions set out in the Government’s 2017 Drug Strategy are to be realised, and if we are to halt the record levels of drug-related deaths witnessed last year.

Mark Gilman has already suggested a seventh – rapid access to Opioid Substitute Treatment (OST) to prevent another opioid epidemic.

Do you have a challenge to add?

These are the other challenges sent in by readers so far:

  • A return to retention in treatment as a positive outcome (for Mark Harris).
  • A formal and governmental recognition of the role of harm reduction, alarmingly absent from the 2017 Drug Strategy (from Blain Stothard).
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2 Responses

  1. I would like to get aome assistant form you for my dad…. He is an alcoholic. Please let me know how do i contact you as soon as possilbe and how do i convince him to take the treatment.

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