Minister for Community Safety Fergus Ewing will officially launch the Scottish Drugs Recovery Consortium (SDRC) in Glasgow on Tuesday 1 June.

The SDRC is a new national membership organisation and independent charity funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of the national drugs strategy ‘The Road to Recovery’. It brings together key partners from the voluntary, statutory, policy and academic fields – and individuals in recovery – who share the belief that people can and do recover from drug problems and addiction.  The SDRC will drive and promote recovery for individuals, family members and communities affected by drugs across Scotland.

Turning Point Scotland helped to facilitate the set up of the SDRC.

Minister for Community Safety Fergus Ewing said:

“I am pleased to formally launch the Scottish Drugs Recovery Consortium. This is another commitment delivered from the national drugs strategy, ‘The Road to Recovery’, and one which will ensure that the ethos of recovery is embedded in the minds of all of those affected by problem drug use including individuals, families and communities, as well as those involved in treatment and other services.

“Recovery is an approach designed to help people overcome serious drug use by building on the strengths of individuals and communities and helping people to move on and become active and contributing members of society.”

Dougie Paterson, SDRC Director said:

“The recovery movement in Scotland is growing stronger every day with more people moving on from drug problems and addiction to lead active, fulfilling lives. The Scottish Government has outlined a strong commitment to recovery in the national drugs strategy ‘The Road to Recovery’ and we welcome the vision for change within it. The Scottish Drugs Recovery Consortium (SDRC) has been created to support the incredible work that is already taking place by working with groups and organisations across the country to share experiences, celebrate achievements and promote recovery.

“This is a hugely exciting time to launch the SDRC and we look forward to working with our members, key partners and people across Scotland to promote the belief that people can and do recover from drug problems and addiction.”

The SDRC will also hold its first AGM on Tuesday 1 June where new Board members will be elected.