MAY 2015: Australian Life in Recovery Survey

Government policies aimed at helping recovering drug and alcohol addicts are neglecting them after the detox process, a new report has found.

It says this leaves addicts in a vicious cycle of relapse and puts unnecessary strain on the public purse.

The survey, examining the experiences of almost 600 recovering and recovered addicts and touted as the first of its kind in Australia, says all levels of government need to stop focusing on the policing of drug use and distribution, and invest more in recovery services.

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