According to the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) 82,000 people started treatment in 2007/8, which is more than government targets.
Only 35,000, which amounts to 51% all of those discharged, had successfully completed their treatment. This is, however, an improvement on a 42% success rate in 2006/7.
Treatment benefits both drug users and the community as it stabilises lives, results in fewer crimes and reduces health risk to individuals, families and communities.
NTA chief executive Paul Hayes is pleased that by the findings but recognises that further improvements must be made.
‘The treatment sector as a whole, and the NTA as an organisation, must again raise our game, ensuring our staff are skilled enough, our resources allocated appropriately, and that we better communicate what we are doing to the public,’ he said.