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The Centre for Social Justice. (2014) Ambitious for recovery. Tackling drug and alcohol addiction in the UK. London: Centre for Social Justice.

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Addiction to drugs and alcohol is destroying lives and blighting communities. Today, 300,000 people in England are addicted to opiates and/or crack and 1.6 million are dependent on alcohol. The cost of this is substantial. Every year drugs cost society around £15 billion and alcohol a further £21 billion. The human cost is even greater. Addiction ruins the lives of those it affects, as well as the lives of their families and communities, causing long-term unemployment and crime, and damaging mental health.

It does not have to be this way. There is much that can be done to prevent addiction, and to help those with an existing addiction recover. This paper sets out an ambitious plan to strengthen Britain’s fight against addiction and the harm that it causes. We look at:
• How to prevent more people from becoming addicted;
• Ways of tackling the supply of drugs in Britain;
• How to reform our treatment system so that more people recover from addiction and rebuild their lives;
• How interactions with public services can more effectively encourage people into treatment.


Date:August 2014
Pages:102 p.
Publisher:Centre for Social Justice
Corporate Creators:The Centre for Social Justice
Place of Publication:London
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Natural history of substance use > Recovery
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Supply reduction policy
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Harm reduction policy
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Prohibition (Substance use public policy)
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Demand reduction policy
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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