New partnership brings help with drug and alcohol problems

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RUGBY residents who have a drug or alcohol problem now have access to a new integrated and recovery-focused treatment service.

The Recovery Partnership is provided by Addaction and Cranstoun, two national substance misuse charities which between them operate over 100 specialist services.

The Recovery Partnership is a one-stop-shop for people with a dependency on drugs and/or alcohol. It will build on the success of previous services and continue to offer interventions – such as drug and alcohol advice and information, needle exchange services, a range of treatment options including prescribing, detoxification and support for those going through the criminal justice system – but with a sharper focus on helping people to become drug or alcohol free.

The Recovery Partnership also provides structured day-care, aftercare and support for parents and carers to help people achieve and maintain this freedom from dependency. It replaces drug and alcohol services previously provided by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust (services known as CDTs), Trust the Process Counselling, Swanswell Charitable Trust, Warwickshire Probation Trust and West Midlands Police.

”Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection, said: “Addaction and Cranstoun have already been delivering some drug and alcohol services in Warwickshire and we are confident that they will be effective in providing the joint service and improving the lives of those affected by drugs and alcohol.”

Coventry City Councillor Phil Townshend, Cabinet Member for Community safety and Equalities added: “Alcohol and drug misuse blights the lives of individuals, families and whole communities. Effective treatment – alongside policing, licensing and prevention – is crucial to making everyone healthier and safer.

“This new contract will build on the good performance of current providers in reducing the harm to individuals and communities and improve the support available to individuals wanting to become – and remain – free from drug and alcohol addictions.

The contract across Coventry and Warwickshire is worth £15.3 million over two years. It is believed to be the largest single contract of its type in the country.

A separate contract to offer services for young people with drug and alcohol issues in Warwickshire was also tendered at the same time. This has been awarded to national service provider Compass who took up the service at the start of the month.