"It seems Blackpool CDT are equating recovery with abstinence "
About: Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust / Addiction services Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust Addiction services PR5 6AW
Posted by sapphire (as ),
Since the word "recovery" became popular it seems Blackpool CDT/DSP are equating it with abstinence.
Some people may wish to ultimately achieve abstinence, others may not.
In my view, patients on longer term methadone or suboxone treatments are being pressured and bullied into starting to reduce the level of medication they take so the CDT/DSP figures of people leaving treatment "drug free" increase.
I feel this is helping no-one. If people feel forced into tapering/detoxing when they are not really ready but feel they have to say yes as the doctor and/or keyworkers are pressuring them will ultimately return to using illicit drugs.
I do agree that patients should be motivated and encouraged and given the full support of the CDT/DSP to help them detox/taper from methadone or suboxone, but it seems that in substance misuse treatment currently, there is a very fine line between encouragement and enforcement.