Peer involvement is beneficial for:

  • Individual peer workers
  • Services
  • Policymakers
  • Wider society.


“Many fear that drug user organising will lead to increased conflict and confrontation between services and their service users.  However, there may be benefits for both parties in a more mature engagement.  Of course, to achieve these benefits both drug users and drugs professionals need to be willing to explore, debate, and probably redefine their working relationships.  This is part of the journey towards a more open and effective engagement between drug users and their service providers.”

Mat Southwell in A Guide to Involving & Empowering Drug Users, National Treatment Agency, UK