Date lodged: 22 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on balancing drug abstinence and recovery programmes.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 17 April 2018
The current Scottish Government drugs strategy 'The Road to Recovery' defines recovery as “a process through which an individual is enabled to move on from their problem drug use, towards a drug free life as an active and contributing member of society.” It also states that recovery should be made the explicit aim of services for problem drug users. The concept of recovery is, however, different for each individual and we must accept that for some the goal of abstinence or recovery may not be immediately achievable.
Integration Joint Boards are responsible for the planning and delivery of services for adults with problem drug/alcohol use at a local level and for ensuring that there is an effective range of services in place to reduce the impact of problem drug use on individuals, families and communities. This includes services that reduce harm (needle exchange/naloxone distribution) through to abstinence based treatment programmes.