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BREAKING FREE GROUP’S DIGITAL PROGRAMME FOR SUBSTANCE DEPENDENCE RECEIVES NICE ENDORSEMENT

September 2018

Breaking Free Group’s clinically-effective digital programme for alcohol and drug dependence, Breaking Free from Substance Use, has been endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

NICE has granted this endorsement because the content of Breaking Free from Substance Use supports implementation of the recommendations in its public health guidelines on individual approaches to behaviour change (PH49) and general approaches to behaviour change (PH6).

This endorsement from NICE adds to the external validations achieved previously by Breaking Free from Substance Use. The programme has been accredited by the Correctional Services Advice and Accreditation Panel (CSAAP) at the Ministry of Justice, approved as an Effective Regime Intervention (PSO 4350) by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), and accredited by the Oxford Cambridge and Royal Society of Arts (OCR) awarding body.

Dr Sarah Elison-Davies, Research Director at Breaking Free Group, commented: “From the outset, our approach to developing and iterating our digital interventions has been to draw on the latest behavioural science and utilise the specific behaviour change techniques with the strongest evidence base in real-world settings. We greatly appreciate the recognition of this approach conferred by NICE through their endorsement of Breaking Free from Substance Use.”

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