Opinion Five years ago there was a promise of better things to come through ‘user involvement’ In hindsight have those promises been fulfilled? NO losing this was enough to silence even the loudest campaigner. Erin O’Mara Since then, user and service user groups have Black Poppy magazine come a long way for some, but clearly not for all. On the one hand it is a field where things are new and Five years ago, when I was attending one of evolving – voices are emerging from a treatment London’s most ‘respected’ drug dependency clinics, I wilderness, tentative steps are being taken towards approached the head consultant with the idea of challenging issues of prejudice, distrust, dependence forming a service user group. I wanted a group and control, and a narrative on the closed world of where clients could discuss clinical issues and treatment is finally opening up. concerns freely and in confidence and offer a space However, on the other hand its path is strewn where we could bring our collected thoughts and with the corpses of good intentions. User views to the staff using the (hoped for) strength and involvement workers are being assigned to things influence of
Drugs and Alcohol Today – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 1, 2004
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