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0131 244 5047


The Scottish Government’s national drug strategy, The Road to Recovery, was published in 2008.

Central to the strategy is the concept of recovery. Recovery is a process through which a person is enabled to move-on from their problem drug or alcohol use and become an active and contributing member of society.

In a Statement to Parliament on 28 November 2017 the previous Public Health Minister, Aileen Campbell MSP, announced that drug and alcohol treatment will be improved through a new alcohol and drugs strategy.

The new combined approach will be published in autumn 2018 and will recognise the many shared underlying causes and similarities in treatment services.

This, and the £20 million a year committed in the Programme for Government, will help ensure services to reduce alcohol and drug related harm reach people who are currently not receiving the treatment they need, with a greater focus on responding to the individual.