Treatment and Recovery

"The process of recovery from problematic substance use is characterised by voluntary-sustained control over substance use which maximises health and wellbeing and participation in the rights, roles and responsibilities of society".    (UK Drug Policy Commission 2008)

Recovery is an individual and gradual process. For many it can be a journey spanning several years with the benefits of treatment and support being cumulative. For the NTA, "Effective drug treatment enables [addicts] to turn round their lives and brings benefits not only to themselves but also to their families and society. Treatment gives individuals the opportunity to overcome their dependency and achieve abstinence". For those unable or not ready to abstain, effective treatment can be essential in achieving stability and wellbeing.