Treatment completion and 6-month success rates for drug users
Individuals achieving successful completion of drug treatment demonstrate a significant improvement in health and well-being in terms of increased longevity, reduced blood-borne virus transmission, improved parenting skills and improved physical and psychological health.
These outcomes also align with the ambition of both public health and the Government's drug strategy of increasing the number of individuals recovering from addiction. They also align well with the reducing re-offending outcome [see Public Health Outcomes Framework Indicator 1.13] as offending behaviour is closely linked to substance use and it is well demonstrated that cessation of drug use reduces re-offending significantly. This in turn will have benefits to a range of wider services and will address those who cause the most harm in local communities.
These indicators are derived from data obtained from the National Drug Monitoring System which collects, collates and analyses information from and for those involved in the drug and alcohol treatment sector. All drug treatment agencies must provide a basic level of information to the NDTMS on their activities each month.
The indicators are defined as the number of users of opiates or non-opiates (between 18 and 75 years of age) that left drug treatment successfully (free of drug/drugs of dependence) who do not then re-present to treatment again within 6 months, as a percentage of the total number of opiate or non-opiate users in treatment. The method used in reporting non-opiate use was updated in November 14 to reflect the fact that some people are receiving treatment for drugs and alcohol across a continuous pathway of care, while at the same time acknowledging that they are not on the road to recovery unless they complete treatment successfully for both.