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Is a bigger budget the only answer for improving drug and alcohol recovery services?

Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs by John Richmond on 3 May 2013
Tagged with: Delphi Medical


The seventh blog in this series, addressing the top ten service concerns about recovery, tackles the age-old issue of funding.

Unlike some of the other most prevalent service concerns we've identified within recovery, the money matter is not a myth borne of stereotype or inadequate access to information. The perception that recovery can only be implemented with additional resources has some element of truth to it, which raises the important issue of funding within our sector. How can we develop new services and propagate community support without a bigger budget?

Our response here adopts a recovery-oriented approach to the money issue:

Budget cannot dictate what we hope to achieve for recovery as a growing field
We know that services will always be stretched, including those focused around recovery. Working within a certain budget can be limiting, but it's a daily reality in the healthcare sector as in other industries. Campaigning for funds and raising awareness of the importance of drug and alcohol recovery is part of our work, and it is through these very efforts that services develop and a tangible sense of community around recovery can be achieved.

Accessibility is integral to sustainable recovery
Treatment services which offer strong value-for-money are at the heart of what we do. Understanding that a solution is only viable when it can be widely accessed and implemented acts as incentive for services to develop a value proposition to match their products and support services. This is almost as important as the stand-alone effectiveness of treatments themselves.

There is always room for improvement
The primary concern about funding is derived from the assumption that drug and alcohol services cannot do more without additional budget. While bigger budgets are helpful, we must aim to continually improve and re-evaluate care services with existing funds, before we should expect more.

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

Who's Tweeting about this:

Is #recovery possible without bigger budgets? We'd say yes, but here's why http://t.co/sUtrjGHy4z by @DelphiMedical on 08/05/2013 13:15:03
Is budget a big concern when it comes to your patients' drug and alcohol recovery? http://t.co/1wNzRx4vzw by @DelphiMedical on 24/05/2013 16:13:40