About this release

This is the fourth report on Residential Rehabilitation within the Monitoring and Evaluation Programme led by Public Health Scotland. The report presents information on the number of Alcohol and Drug Partnership statutory funded placements into residential rehabilitation, with estimated costs, that were approved between 01 April 2021 and 30 June 2022. Information is provided at a Scotland level, NHS Board and each Alcohol and Drug Partnership.       

Main points

  • In Q1 2022/23, 218 placements were approved for residential rehabilitation in Scotland. This is an increase of 78 placements when compared to Q1 2021/22 (n=140).    
  • Of the 218 placements approved in Q1 2022/23, 200 placements were approved by ADPs; 11 placements were approved by Ward 5 Woodland View in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, and seven placements were approved on the new Prison to Rehab pathway. Figure 1 below shows the monthly number and yearly average of ADP approved placements from 01 April 2021 to 30 June 2022.
  • The total estimated cost for the ADP approved placements and the Prison to Rehab placements in Q1 2022/23 (n=207) was £1,746,986. This cost is made up of £1,636,906 from 200 ADP approved placements, and £110,080 for seven Prison to Rehab placements. 
  • Information on the characteristics of individuals offered placements was available for the ADP approved placements (n=200), in Q1 2022/23, and this showed:
    • 65% of placements were for males (n=130), and 35% of placements were for females (n=69).
    • 37% (n=74) of the 200 approved placements by ADPs were for people with problematic alcohol use, 37% (n=74) was for people with problematic drug use, and 26% (n=52), was for people with co-dependency.
  • The largest number of approved placements by Alcohol and Drug Partnerships was in Glasgow City (n=89,45%), followed by Highland (n=25, 13%) and MELDAP (Midlothian and East Lothian ADP) (n=14, 7%). Please note that the figure for Highland includes 13 placements for a two-week treatment programme, and 12 placements for a 14-week treatment programme.  Caution must be made when comparing data between ADPs.  
  • Glasgow City reported the highest estimated total cost for placements (£392,500) followed by Highland ADP (£188,478) and MELDAP (£155,539).   
  • There were 23 ADPs (77%), which approved placements in Q1 2022/23.
  • The most common reason for ADPs submitting a nil return was no referrals were received by ADPs for residential rehabilitation treatment.
  • Between 01 April 2021 and 30 June 2022, 758 placements for residential rehabilitation were approved in Scotland. The total estimated cost was £5,198,258. Figure 1 below shows the total number of ADP approved placements, and the yearly average, from 01 April 2021 to 30 June 2022.
Image caption Figure 1: Number of ADP Approved Placements in Scotland, 01 April 2021 to 30 June 2022


Residential rehabilitation is a well-established intervention for the treatment of drug and alcohol problems and is recognised as an important option for some people requiring treatment.  As part of the National Mission, the Scottish Government has committed to invest £100M for residential rehabilitation over the next five years.  In this current financial year, and for the next five years, the Alcohol and Drugs Partnerships have been allocated £13.5M, with £5M earmarked to support additional capacity and access Residential Rehabilitation services. 

Further information

The next release of this publication will be 20 December 2022.

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Last updated: 07 October 2022
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