Where do I find Treatment?
Your starting place for advice about treatment is probably your local treatment service or drug partnership. The local drug partnership - often called a Drug Action Team or Drug and Alcohol Action Team - will be able to tell you what treatment services are in place locally. Your local treatment services should be able to tell you what your treatment options are. To find either of these get in touch with your GP, Council or CAB - all should be able to help you. If you don’t get the information you need there, you could try ringing FRANK, the government’s drugs advice line on 0800 77 66 00
What are my Rights?
You have a right to access treatment for your drug or alcohol problem which is evidence based (that means its proven to work), appropriate for you and safe. Under the NHS constitution you have a right to be involved in decisions that are made about that treatment - and the right to challenge decisions you don’t agree with and seek a second opinion. In reality sorting treatment out can feel like a series of compromises - two steps forward, one step back. Please check out our new statement on your rights in treatment and My Recovery My Choice - which is available through the links at the top of this page.
What if I’m Having Problems with my Treatment
You first step is to talk to your key worker and try and work things out in your service. You can also see if you have a local user group or advocacy group who can represent you in any discussions - or just give you advice.
Try to keep your cool. Focus on what you need to achieve and be as flexible as you can. Treatment is a partnership between you and the service - if either one of you isn’t pulling your weight it won’t work.
Over the past few years its been well understood that user organisations should be an important part of local treatment systems - in terms of providing peer support and representing the views of people who use services to treatment providers, commissioners (the people who “buy” treatment services for the NHS and councils) and other local policy makers. There’s a list of some service users groups below. Drink and Drugs News provides a useful directory of local user groups that you can access here. User Groups are usually run by volunteers and as such while many can be around for years, sadly they can also close down overnight. If yours has bitten the dust or there simply wasn’t one in your area why not set one up? Ask for advice on our forum or talk to other user groups in your region. There is a guide to running a small charity on the ADFAM website here which you might find useful. Although its written for family groups, a lot of the advice applies equally to service users groups as well. You could also talk to NUN (The National Users Network) who you can find through their Facebook page here.