The Essex Recovery Foundation (ERF) has undertaken a comprehensive needs assessment to look at all aspects of the local drug and alcohol treatment system and how best to meet the needs of the individual. Focusing on what the experience is for individuals who access those services and to better understand the reasons why individuals do not wish to access them. Future plans and focus may flex or change dependent on the findings of the needs assessment.

ERF commissioned TONIC to work with them to undertake a drug and alcohol needs assessment for Essex, to inform future planning and commissioning decisions. The evidence provided in this needs assessment is designed to inform strategic investment decisions, providing contextual information about substance use, treatment, and current need.