Recovery-oriented Policy and Care Systems in the UK and USA

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


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.

Keywords: addiction; public policy; recovery.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care* / history
  • Delivery of Health Care* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Health Policy* / history
  • Health Policy* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Substance-Related Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • United Kingdom
  • United States