Why drug and alcohol recovery is essential for health services

Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs by John Richmond on 16 April 2013
Tagged with: Delphi Medical

The second post of the series, which discusses the top ten service concerns surrounding recovery, challenges the notion that recovery orientated care adds to the burden of an already stretched service.

Delphi Medical is not the only organisation championing recovery-oriented systems of care delivery. Elsewhere in the health sector we are seeing a push for enhanced services which are patient centric. While this is great news, it can be seen as an added pressure for healthcare professionals that already have a heavy workload. There is also concern around the tendency for old systems of commissioning and measurement to continue alongside this new agenda.

Here we discuss the value of recovery and why it is just as important as other existing services:

Recovery is not something that we can 'do' to people. There is no quick fix
Recovery refers to how someone manages their own drug and/or alcohol dependency, and the ways in which they can still live a fulfilling life. It would be hard to argue for services that were not orientated to this outcome. The recovery process takes time and access to support for people when and where they need it is a vital part of the process. Services will always be stretched, but this cannot serve as reason to ignore recovery as it is a necessary, growing field.

Drug and alcohol recovery should not be seen as an add-on to existing services
As a clinical treatment provider, we naturally advocate services delivered with recovery at their heart. Recovery aims to benefit more than the individual and their immediate support services. There are on-flow effects for the wider community, such as reducing strain on health services and preventing crime. And these are only some of the benefits that illustrate why it should be promoted and supported throughout health systems from initial diagnosis onwards.

Recovery, therefore, should be at the heart of how we deliver services and this can be summed up in the mantra 'you can do it; we can help'.


This series refers to 'A practical Guide to Recovery Orientated Practice' by Davidson et al, published by Oxford University Press 2009. 

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Why #recovery should not be seen as an add-on to existing services by @DelphiMedical on 16/04/2013 09:20:31
2nd post of their series: RT @DelphiMedical Why #recovery should not be seen as an add-on to existing services by @JacquieDamgaard on 16/04/2013 23:05:09