Swanswell Recovery Model could further increase recovery rates

07 October 2011

New national figures showing a significant rise in the number of people recovering from problem drug use could easily be increased further with a new Recovery Model developed by Swanswell.

Swanswell, a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, has just finished a pilot in Birmingham for its new model, which puts the client in charge of their own journey towards recovery.

Early results have been very encouraging and have found that using the recovery approach is:

  • Twice as likely to result in clients stopping a methadone prescription; and
  • Twice as likely to result in clients reducing their substitute prescription

It comes as the latest statistics from the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA), show that 27,969 people successfully recovered from illicit drug use this year compared to 23,680 last year – an increase of 18%.

In addition, the NTA also reported a fall in the number of people needing treatment for illicit drug use, including a reduction of almost 10,000 in the number of heroin and crack cocaine users coming into treatment in just two years.

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘It’s clear from the figures released this week that the work organisations such as Swanswell are doing, is making a positive difference to people’s lives.

The message is getting through about the damaging effects problem drug use can have on people, their families and communities – however we know there is still a lot of work to do in tackling substance misuse on the whole.

It’s an issue much wider than something the government can deal with on its own – society has its part to play too.

Our recovery model is one of the ways to effectively help people overcome problem drug use, so we hope we can continue to positively change many more lives in the future.

Together we can eliminate problematic substance misuse.’

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