In 2010 the Drug Sector Partnership produced a drug treatment consensus statement, with more than 70 signatories, including over 30 chief executives of Britain’s leading independent drug treatment services in the voluntary and community sector. The statement highlighted the evidence that drug treatment delivers benefits for individuals, families, communities and society, but it also called for a greater focus on recovery, quality of outcomes and social reintegration.
The government's 2010 Drug Strategy emphasised the need for a recovery-orientated treatment system. The development of recovery-orientated services are shaped by the policy context, namely public spending constraints, public policy reforms, and localism which removes ring fences and gives greater discretion to local authorities and others in how they spend funds. Among the recommendations of this report are a call for central and local government to ensure there is sufficient investment to provide the tools and resources to deliver recovery-orientated drug and alcohol services; to ensure that there is adequate specialist provision for young people with drug and alcohol problems; to prepare Directors of Public Health and other local decision makers for their new responsibilities for drug and alcohol services; and to improve provision for drug and alcohol services in the criminal justice system.