Druglink article 2011 – Housing for recovery by Marcus Roberts

Findings from a survey on access to housing on behalf of the Recovery Partnership

Nobody seriously questions the importance of housing for successful engagement with drug and alcohol treatment and for recovery. The Drug Strategy 2010 explains that housing, with appropriate support, contributes to engagement and retention in treatment, improved health and social well-being, improved employment outcomes and reduced re-offending. But how far is the recognition of housing’s role at policy level shaping the development of recovery-orientated practice? What is the impact of changes to housing-related policy for drug and alcohol services, including the removal of the ring-fence from ‘Supporting People’ and housing benefit reforms?

Housing for recovery (PDF)

Additional keywords: homelessness