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Alcohol and drug misuse prevention and treatment guidance

Information and other resources to support commissioners, service providers and others providing alcohol and drug interventions.

Healthcare professionals can use these guidance documents, information and resources to help with providing and improving alcohol and drug misuse prevention and treatment services.

Visit Preventing and reducing drug related harm for information and other resources to support alcohol and drug service providers reduce harm and prevent deaths related to substance misuse.

Visit Alcohol and drugs evidence reviews and inquiries for reports on evidence reviews and the outcomes of inquiries around substance misuse, smoking and vaping, and gambling.

Visit Public health in prisons and secure settings for guidance and resources on alcohol and drug treatment in prisons and secure settings.

Visit Alcohol and drug misuse and treatment statistics for reports and datasets on the prevalence and treatment of alcohol and drug misuse treatment in England.

Alcohol and drug treatment guidance

Guidance for commissioners

Drug and alcohol screening and treatment tools

Visit Public Health England’s Knowledge Hub to find the NHS alcohol brief advice tool and cannabis health check-up tool.

These brief advice tools should be used by health and social care professionals with people whose alcohol or cannabis use is identified as ‘increasing’ or ‘higher risk’ by the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Tool-Lite (ASSIST-Lite) risk identification tool.

Guidance for health and care professionals

Substance misuse and mental health

Alcohol and tobacco use in hospital patients

Professional roles in alcohol and drug misuse treatment

Public Health England (PHE) has published guidance on the role of professionals in alcohol and drug misuse treatment. It has also supported guidance published by others on the role of social workers and the role of clinical psychologists.

Parental substance misuse

Preventing drug and alcohol problems

Service quality improvement

Published 20 December 2017
Last updated 19 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Injectable opioid treatment: commissioning and providing services'.

  2. Added some new groups and publications: "COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol", "ASSIST-Lite screening tool: how to use", and links to NHS alcohol brief advice tool and cannabis health check-up tool in "Drug and alcohol screening and treatment tools" section.

  3. Added 'Prescribed medicines review: report'.

  4. Added 'Alcohol's harm to others'.

  5. Added publications to new 'Guidance for health and care professionals' section.

  6. Added case studies to new 'Support for substance misuse and mental health problems' section.

  7. Added 'Crack cocaine increase: inquiry findings'.

  8. Added 'Safeguarding children affected by parental alcohol and drug use'.

  9. Added 'Alcohol treatment inquiry: summary of findings'.

  10. Added Fentanyl: safety recommendations for first responders.

  11. Added Continuity of care for prisoners who need substance misuse treatment.

  12. Added Drug health harms: national intelligence.

  13. Added Developing pathways for alcohol treatment.

  14. Added Parental alcohol and drug use: understanding the problem.

  15. Added 'Fentanyl: preparing for a future threat' to the collection.

  16. Created a new group 'Preventing ill health from alcohol misuse' and added publications.

  17. Added Alcohol and drug prevention, treatment and recovery: why invest?

  18. First published.