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Understanding NICE guidance
Information for people who use NHS services


Treatments for drug misuse
NICE `clinical This booklet is about the care and treatment of adults and young people
guidelines' advise aged 16 and over who have drug problems in the NHS in England and
Wales. It explains guidance (advice)…

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Contents
Your care 3
Drug misuse 4
What happens at your first appointment to discuss your drug
problem 4
Support if you are not yet having treatment for your drug
problem 6
Self-help 6
Types of treatment 7
Where you can have treatment for your drug problem 12
Supporting families…

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Your care
Your treatment and care should take into account your personal needs
and preferences, and you have the right to be fully informed and to make
decisions in partnership with staff responsible for your care. To help with
this, staff should give you information you can understand and that…

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Drug misuse
NICE has also Drug misuse is when a person has a problem with illegal drugs (such as
produced advice heroin, cocaine or cannabis) or becomes dependent on them. Having a
problem with a drug means that you are taking a lot of it and it has a
about…

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Your preferences for treatment are important. When you are agreeing You should be
a plan for your care, staff should talk to you about the various options. assigned a key
They should discuss what you hope to achieve through treatment
worker who will
(your `treatment goals') and help you come…

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Your family and carers
Staff should talk to you about whether you would like your family or carers
involved in your assessment and treatment plans. However, you can keep
information about your care and treatment confidential if you wish to.
There is more information for families and carers on page…

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Types of treatment
Your treatment will depend on the type of drug problem you have
(see box below). If your treatment goals change at any time, staff should
support you in this wherever possible.


Type of drug Which treatment(s) might I be offered, and when?

Detoxification Psychosocial interventions (see glossary)…

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Questions about treatment
· What treatment(s) might help me best and why?
· What are the pros and cons of this treatment?
· What does the treatment involve?
· How will it help me?
· What other treatments are available?
· Please tell me more about incentives programmes.
· Can…

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Opioid detoxification
Detoxification (often called `detox'), as carried out in the NHS, involves
using prescribed medication to help a person stop using drugs. Before
starting treatment, you should be given detailed information about opioid
detoxification and its benefits and risks.
Healthcare professionals should talk to you about opioid withdrawal
symptoms…

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When will detoxification not be offered?
People will not usually be offered detoxification if they:
· have a medical condition that needs urgent treatment
· are in police custody or serving a short prison sentence or a short period
of remand
· go to an emergency department or hospital for…

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