The New Government Drugs Addiction Treatment Strategy: More of the Same?

The much delayed and anticipated Government drugs strategy was finally released in July and it appears we are in for more of the same. Gone are the days of being able to access a residential rehab clinic through local authority funding, except for a very small number who have often had to wait for a long time.


As drug-related deaths continue to rise dramatically, along with alcohol-related hospital admissions, the funding levels for drug and alcohol rehab continue to be cut. Having spoken to several local authorities, The Providence Projects understand that certain areas are experiencing 100% cuts to their alcohol and drug rehab budgets as the drug agencies employed at a local level look to redirect the funds into local programmes and prescribing services, which aren’t working.

The short-term approach of saving money costs so much more; families are ripped apart by addiction, and the next generation grows up in a dysfunctional environment. Billions wasted on criminal justice interventions, hospital admissions, out-of-work benefits and lost opportunities.

We have clear evidence to demonstrate that a relatively small investment results in far greater savings. Many of the calls we receive are from frustrated families and individuals who are unable to get the help they need in their local area and so seek affordable private rehab for drug addiction treatment.

The drug addiction treatment system in the UK is not working. If we want better services and better outcomes as well as reducing the burden on hospitals and prisons, we need a different approach. Unfortunately, we seem to be getting more of the same.

Our specialised alcohol addiction treatment programme will help you get over the struggle and rediscover the benefits of sober life. Call us today, to begin the new chapter of your memoir.

Phil Spalding

Phil Spalding reviewed Providence Projects - 5
4 April 2019  

I arrived at Providence Projects as a frightened emotional wreck. I can happily say I thoroughly enjoyed my 12 week stay with all the challenges and ups and downs. Staff were supportive, challenging, understanding, assertive with all therapeutic disciplines in equal measure. I would recommend Providence Projects to anyone with addiction issues as the best place to confront your issues, learn about yourself and change your life for the better. Don’t mess about … get in there and get on with it! See more