WHAT CHALLENGES MUST WE PREPARE FOR IN 2013?
High hopes raised by the Drug Policy 2010 have been dashed in implementation, rehabs are closing – and commissioning is changing with localism, Public Health England, Health & Wellbeing Boards, GP commissioning, Police & Crime Commissioners, Payment by Results…
Laura Graham identifies issues so you can defuse them.
Forecasts by Nick Barton
Action on Addiction
Forecasts by Deirdre Boyd
Addiction Recovery Foundation
Forecasts by Tessa Corner &
Patrick Gormley, Streetscene
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2012 was a mixed bag for recovery. On one hand, the world of recovery became surrounded by shark-infested waters as the promised land of the Coalition’s drug strategy offered more than it delivered. The opportunists in our field showed us their true colours, driven by a yearning for fame, fortune and power with no regard for people affected by addiction.
Fortunately, some fell during the year; sadly, some remain. So we must go into 2013 as vigilant as possible to limit more damage to the field.
It was sad to end 2012 with the treatment field more fragmented than ever seen before.
On a more positive note, the grassroots recovery movement thrived, and our international bonds expanded at this level. I see this exciting development growing stronger in 2013, as more of us, disillusioned with “the system” here look to our european and US cousins for inspiration and learning.
With the as-yet-unknown impact of Public Health England ahead, the harshest of public funding cuts looming, and the future of drug treatment funding less secure with the removal of a ringfenced budget, we are in for a tough time.
But, with a strong independent, supportive grassroots recovery movement, there is hope that people affected by addiction will receive some help outside of the traditional services.
Those most affected will be the services whose empires have grown on a dependency on public money as their funding shrinks. Grassroots organisations, which have largely been excluded from this funding, will carry on regardless.
As we ended 2012, we saw the beginnings of a new national recovery network in the form of recovery coaches. Many of those involved across the country come from a “recovery champion” background. Disappointed with this role, their passion for supporting people has been re-ignited via the prospect of independent recovery coaching, where coaches will support each other in this work. The London Recovery Coaching Academy was launched in December 2012 and has already provided free accredited training and will continue to do so on a regular basis. Other similar academies are expected soon in Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester.