Many people would argue that the UK treatment system, in main, is simply managing symptoms and accepting long-term disability or discomfort of people with serious substance use problems.
These same people would not argue against the value of treatment per se, rather it needs to be provided in a different way.
The recovery movement is first and foremost a civil rights movement. It is about helping disadvantaged people, people with problems, improve their well-being.
It is about helping people with substance use problems (and often many other problems) reclaiming or claiming their right to a safe, dignified, meaningful and gratifying life in the community, sometimes despite their problems.
A recovery oriented system of care places the person with the problem at the centre of the system. It does not just build places where people go and get ‘treatment’ – it builds forms of support theroughout the community.
It accepts that the struggles of the person are not just with what is going on within their own body and mind – it is about their social struggles, which they experience because of the prejudice, discrimination, stigma and marginalisation that occurs in society.
Powerful language from wired in to recovery: