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Drug Alcohol Rev. 2014 Jan;33(1):13-8. doi: 10.1111/dar.12092. Epub 2013 Nov 20.

Recovery-oriented policy and care systems in the UK and USA.

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Center for Innovation to Implementation, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, USA; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, USA.


The concept of recovery has been an influence on addicted individuals for many decades. But only in the past 15 years has the concept had a purchase in the world of public policy. In the USA, federal and state officials have promulgated policies intended to foster 'recovery-oriented systems of care' and have ratified recovery-supportive laws and regulations. Though of more recent vintage and therefore less developed, recovery policy initiatives are also being implemented in the UK. The present paper describes recovery-oriented policy in both countries and highlights key evaluations of the recovery-oriented interventions.


addiction; public policy; recovery

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