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Helping addicts quit - letter in today's Telegraph

    Letter in today's Telegraph (25.06.11), to view original article, click here

    Helping addicts quit

    SIR – We represent leading voluntary and private sector abstinence-based rehabilitation centres in England. We were concerned by the revelations in Kathy Gyngell’s report, published by the Centre for Policy Studies, Breaking the Habit: why the state should stop dealing drugs and start doing rehab (“Benefits and treatment for drug addicts cost £3.6 billion a year”,, June 19).

    We call on the Government to make abstinence-based rehabilitation central to the implementation of its drugs policy. Fewer than 2 per cent of addicts seeking help to quit drugs are currently referred to rehab. An immediate goal of 25 per cent is feasible. Such a commitment is necessary to turn around the tanker of dependency.

    In the two years before the general election, an average of one rehab unit closed each month. A progressive decline in statutory referrals, with the loss of about 1,000 beds, continues. Yet taxpayers are funding the continued dependency of the 98 per cent of addicts in so-called treatment, to the tune of billions of pounds. This process will continue if the Coalition leaves current commissioning arrangements for drugs and alcohol services in place under the direction of the National Treatment Agency, soon to be transferred to Public Health England.

    Unless the Coalition takes action quickly, the Prime Minister’s call to help addicts to become clean, free of drugs and build new lives, will be thwarted.

    Deirdre Boyd 
    CEO, Addiction Recovery Foundation 

    Ed Smith 
    Director, Acorn Treatment and Housing 

    Peter Walker 
    CEO, Addiction Recovery Agency 

    Richard Johnson 
    Director, ANA Treatment Centres 

    Ges Schofield 
    Manager, Ark House 

    Derek Mace 
    CEO, Bosence and Boswyns 

    Gina Dormer 
    CEO, Broadreach Group 

    Brian Dudley 
    CEO, Broadway Lodge 

    Clive Wolfendale 
    CAIS Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation 

    Simon Stephens 
    Director of case work, Addictions UK 

    Barnaby Guthrie 
    CEO, Clinical Partners 

    Chip Somers 
    CEO, Focus12 

    Wendy Dawson 
    CEO, Ley Community 

    Anthony Massouras 
    Chairman, Mimosa Healthcare Group 

    Ruth Allonby 
    CEO, Mount Carmel 

    Jan and Carl de Vera Davey 
    CEOs, Open Minds 

    Carl Edwards 
    Director, Park View Project 

    James Peacock 
    Senior statutory coordinator, Perry Clayman Project 

    John Grady 
    Director, Pierpoint Addiction Treatment 

    Steve Spiegel 
    Director, Providence Projects 

    Arlene Rodgers 
    Director, Quinton House 

    Jon Harman 
    Director, Ravenscourt Trust 

    Gavin Cooper 
    Managing director, Trust the Process 

    Tom Kirkwood 
    CEO, TTP Recovery Communities 

    Amanda Thomas 
    CEO, Western Counselling 

    Ken Wiltshire 
    Director, Yeldall Manor

    Date added: Saturday 25th June 2011