Quality statement 7: Recovery and reintegration

Quality statement

People in drug treatment are offered support to access services that promote recovery and reintegration including housing, education, employment, personal finance, healthcare and mutual aid.

Rationale

People with drug use disorders have a better chance of recovery and reintegration, and maintaining recovery in the longer term, if they are supported to access services that promote recovery.

Quality measure

Structure: Evidence of local arrangements to ensure people in drug treatment are offered support to access services that promote recovery and reintegration, including housing, education, employment, personal finance, healthcare and mutual aid.

Process: Proportion of people in drug treatment who receive support to access services that promote recovery and reintegration.

Numerator – the number of people in the denominator receiving support to access services that promote recovery and reintegration.

Denominator – the number of people in drug treatment.

What the quality statement means for each audience

Service providers ensure systems are in place for people in drug treatment to be offered support to access services that promote recovery and reintegration, including housing, education, employment, personal finance, healthcare and mutual aid.

Healthcare professionals ensure people in drug treatment are offered support to access services that promote recovery and reintegration, including housing, education, employment, personal finance, healthcare and mutual aid.

Commissioners ensure they commission services that offer people in drug treatment support to access services that promote recovery and reintegration, including housing, education, employment, personal finance, healthcare and mutual aid.

People in drug treatment are offered support to help them recover and integrate back into the community, including getting help from housing, education, employment, personal finance and healthcare services and mutual aid.

Source guidance

NICE clinical guideline 51 recommendations 1.3.2.1 (key priority for implementation) and 1.3.2.2.

NICE clinical guideline 52 recommendation 1.1.1.6.

Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management section 3.2.5 and paragraphs 4.3.1.2, 4.3.1.7 and 4.3.2.5.

Data source

Structure: Local data collection.

Process: Local data collection. The National Drug Treatment Monitoring System collects data on all clients receiving specialist treatment for their problematic use of drugs. Data on a range of recovery support interventions are collected.

Definitions

Definitions of support for housing, education, employment and healthcare should be taken from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System dataset.

Mutual aid services include SMART (self-management and recovery training) recovery and those based on 12-step principles, for example Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous.

NICE clinical guideline 51 states examples of support that may be considered to assist people with drug use disorders to make initial contact with a self-help group. These include making appointments, arranging transport, accompanying people to their first session and dealing with any concerns. Support also includes the provision of information and advice.

Equality and diversity considerations

People in drug treatment should receive support to access services that promote recovery, tailored to their individual needs.