To follow-up on a prior post about the possible role of recovery in UK drug and alcohol policy, the coalition government’s new policy is now out.
The policy places an emphasis on recovery exceeding any prior UK strategy, and embraces the concept of multiple pathways to recovery from addiction. This welcome development parallels similar themes in the current drug policies of Scotland and the United States.
This is a victory for the recovery movement, and the tens of millions of people it represents. A good next step would be for recovery concepts and values to be adopted in drug and alcohol policy frameworks outside the U.S.-U.K. sphere. Brazil, Mexico, Poland and Iran all have booming recovery movements and would be excellent places to start.