Drug and alcohol misuse damages individuals, families and communities and places a heavy burden on public services. Last year, over 300,000 people in England entered treatment for drug or alcohol misuse, a condition which will often exacerbate existing mental health and social difficulties. Health services face significant challenges with looming budget cuts and pressure to demonstrate outcomes.
How can we best respond to this critical financial situation? Might it be time to radically rethink our notion of 'treatment'? And how can we co-produce more creative, holistic and sustainable approaches to recovery?