At HMP Birmingham we deliver ‘Inside Out Recovery”– a ‘Recovery Academy’ for inmates, to create pathways to recovery.

Dependence on drugs and alcohol are key causes of crime and, therefore, recovery is a big part of desistance. Recovery is often used as a metaphor for desistence, with re-offending often referred to as a ‘relapse’.

Problematic drug and alcohol users need comprehensive and holistic post-treatment support that is delivered in the community, including ‘through-the-gate’ Peer Mentor support for ex-offenders, to reduce the risk of relapse.