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What we do

The Recovery Group UK (RGUK) advocates for a balanced treatment system that recognises abstinence treatment as an option for drug and alcohol mis-users in order for individuals, families and communities to recover and break the cycle of addiction which impacts upon families, crime and the benefit system.

RGUK aims to educate people on the benefits of a single integrated process for directing substance mis-users into treatment and supporting their progress through all stages of the treatment process. The focus is on motivating the individual to change, and refer them to the appropriate services. Key in this process is the development of local peer mentoring schemes.

To provide a platform for the reform of the UK drug and alcohol treatment system. Its representatives include leading providers, academics and umbrella organisations from the addictions field. Its aim is to provide expert advice on improving the impact of treatment.

Our definition of recovery

"Recovery is a process in which an individual is enabled to move on from their problem drug and alcohol use with a commitment to abstinence and to become an active and contributing member of society."


Russell Brand

Our New Ambassador

"the mentality and behaviour of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and, unless they have structured help, they have no hope. Read more

Latest news

MCA Symposium, 11 November 2015, Alcohol, Health,

This year's MCA Symposium on Alcohol, Health, Well-being and Work takes place on 11 November 2015 at BMA House, Tavistock Square, London EC1H 9JP

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Alcohol Concern's Blue Light Project Report

The Blue Light project is Alcohol Concern’s national initiative to develop alternative approaches and care pathways for treatment resistant drinkers who place a burden on public services.

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