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Building recovery consultation


What should a recovery-oriented drug treatment system look like?

The NTA is asking anyone with a personal or professional interest in drug treatment to be involved in designing a new service framework that will support local areas in delivering the government's new drug strategy.

The strategy sets out a new ambition for all individuals to achieve recovery and ultimately the chance to lead a drug-free life. As such it puts the goal of building a recovery-focused system at its heart.

The new framework document is intended to replace an existing handbook that was last revised four years ago. The drug strategy suggested it was time to update Models of care for treatment of adult drug misusers in the light of the emerging evidence base and growing focus on recovery.

Under the working title, Building recovery in communities, the NTA is consulting on the development of a new framework to provide better access to a complete range of services to support people in sustaining their recovery. (Download the consultation questionnaire)

Among the key issues for discussion are whether treatment for drug and alcohol dependence should be closely integrated, and how all treatment inside prisons and out in the community can be better brought together in a seamless service.    

The new framework should also reflect the importance of assessing and meeting the wider physical, mental and social needs of substance misusers, and promote a new culture of ambition that enables people to choose recovery.

Consultation (2 February - 4 May 2011)

We want as wide a response to this consultation as possible but you don't have to answer every question.

In responding, please do provide any evidence and/or examples of good practice that you may have, either in your response or as an attachment. If you submit additional documents as an attachment please indicate clearly the question that the information corresponds to. 

If you have any queries please email

To prevent loss of information please save a copy to your computer before completing this interactive document.  

You should then email to Alternatively, you can print it off, fill it in manually and post to Paul Hammond, NTA, Skipton House, 80 London Road, London SE1 6LH.

If you are unable to complete the questionnaire online or print it off, please call 020 7972 1802 or email to request a printed copy.

Thank you.





"Integrating treatment with training, housing and employment is critical to sustained recovery, so it's good to see that the government's new drug strategy includes recovering communities like Acorn. As long as service users are involved in moving treatment forward, using our experience to shape future treatment, then I think that it can only be a good thing, and I am looking forward to taking part in the consultation."

David Ryan, Supported housing manager, Acorn Housing and Treatment 
(Read David's story in full)

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