"I am the founder of a charity East West Detox which offers an alternative choice of treatment for substance dependency with a spiritual element which has been very successful for many during the past 14 years. Some NHS Trusts, DAAT's, Probation Services and Social Services started to fund people some years ago due to the positive outcomes and cost effectiveness. Then 3 years ago the NTA said they would not fund people any more due to lack of empirical evidence.
...The charity have since been able to raise their own funds and gain the support of Brunel and Queens universities to supervise a research study employing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies as opposed to conventional randomised control trials.
We have completed a pilot project and now working on a discussion paper to open up the audience to professionals and policy makers for comment on the methodology before we proceed with the larger study.
I found your article on natural awareness very inspiring as well as your recent letter in DDN and wish you well. We need more choices of holistic interventions and will always come up against resistances to change".
" ...It's good to see some innovative thinking around methods of empowering clients to make changes in their lives. ...the Bridge Trust is not in a position to take advantage of this course but I wish you well with it".
Support Services Manager
Bridge Trust Corporation