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2010 Drug Strategy: Adfam response

In response to the release of the new drug strategy Reducing demand, restricting supply, building recovery: supporting people to live a drug free life, Vivienne Evans OBE, Adfam's Chief Executive, says:

"Adfam welcomes the new drug strategy and the proposed measures for tackling drug and alcohol use. Families have a huge role to play in delivering best practice recovery outcomes, and they often suffer the negative consequences of their loved ones’ drug or alcohol use. To see these facts acknowledged in the strategy is therefore a very positive step forward for families affected by drugs and alcohol. The impact of parental drug and alcohol use on children is also a significant concern and we are pleased to see it rightly at the heart of the strategy.

"The use of a whole systems approach to recovery which acknowledges the role of the family is exactly what our supporters tell us is needed at a local level. The recovery capital provided by families and social networks has been undervalued in the past, and evidence suggests that tapping into it effectively will improve outcomes for all and increase the efficiency of treatment. Adfam also welcomes the indication that local areas will be encouraged to consider the provision of support for families in their own right, and therefore for their own recovery needs to be met.

"Over the coming weeks Adfam will consult with its network of supporters across the country to explore what this strategy may mean for them and the families they support. As the strategy indicates, local voluntary and community sector groups will be key providers of services for families and therefore it is vital they are supported to navigate this new strategy and support its local implementation. Adfam will comment further on the new 2010 Drug Strategy in the new year following our consultation."