Recent bulletins from the drug and alcohol bank:
In 1973 researchers showed that even physically dependent drinkers could learn to drink in moderation. But controversy was fierce, with abstinence returning to prominence as an essential component of contemporary visions of ‘recovery’.
Though close to the heart of the UK government’s abstinence-based ambitions for recovery, their own research has cast doubt on whether residential rehabilitation is a good deal for the public purse. We look at the evidence for residential rehabilitation, and whether despite the rhetoric, these services are under threat.