Service user involvement in alcohol and drug misuse treatment

Guidance about the benefits of involving service users in planning and improving substance misuse treatment.


Service user involvement: A guide for drug and alcohol commissioners, providers and service users

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Commissioners, service providers and service users can use this guidance to understand the:

  • evidence of good practice in service user involvement
  • different levels of user involvement
  • impact of involvement on service users and treatment effectiveness

The types of service user involvement described are:

  • involvement in their own care or treatment plan
  • involvement in strategic development and commissioning
  • developing peer mentoring and support
  • developing user-led and recovery-focused services

The guidance includes good examples of service user involvement from across the country.

Published 1 September 2015