“TEEN REHAB SLAIN BY STATE ORTHODOXY AND TARGET TYRANNY”
"I would be dead without Middlegate," a 17-year old former resident of Middlegate told Kathy Gyngell. "I had nowhere to go psychologically, no future. I needed to be shown that my life would be better without drugs. That is what the therapist here did. I had never experienced happiness without drugs before."
It is an ironic tragedy that, only since the UK got a national adolescent treatment policy, did Middlegate – the country's only teen residential rehab – begin to struggle.
Last week it gave up the ghost and closed.
Up until 2004, it was full and had waiting lists. But then (pre 2002) its funding for drug addicted young people came from local Social Services. With the advent of New Labour's barrage of primary care trusts, children's services, adolescent drug services and youth offending teams, this all changed. The funding, and the will to find it, evaporated…
Read Kathy Gyngell's full blog at the Centre for Policy Studies here.