Helping hand for addicts

Mayor 'Drum-mond' on the drums in the music room watched by spectators Janet Sunter, Lisa Johnson, Sam Haran, Mick Pollard, David Burdon and Anthony Preston

Mayor 'Drum-mond' on the drums in the music room watched by spectators Janet Sunter, Lisa Johnson, Sam Haran, Mick Pollard, David Burdon and Anthony Preston

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THE Mayor of Hartlepool has officially opened two new services for drug and alcohol addicts and their families.

Stuart Drummond cut the ribbon to formally open the schemes which are to be based at 44 Victoria Road, in Hartlepool, in a bid to offer help to the people in the town who are hooked on addictive substances.

The initiatives will also be there to support addicts’ families and carers who are often put under tremendous strain when a loved one descends into drug or alcohol misuse.

The Safer Hartlepool Partnership managed to commission Lifeline – a national charity – to deliver the new services, which will aim to support people back into the community following treatment for their addictions.

The first provides a range of activities for relatives and carers of substance users to support their own needs while helping addicts to recover, while the second service will assist with employment and training to help drug and alcohol dependents find opportunities for themselves and to reintegrate back into everyday life.

Addicts and their families can also take advantage of counselling, family therapy, couples counselling, parenting support and family activities to help build coping skills, and also help with writing CVs and undertaking job searches.

Mayor Drummond – who also chairs the Safer Hartlepool Partnership – said the services are just what the town needs.

He told the Mail: “It’s an excellent premises and it’s really welcoming and friendly which should encourage service users and their families and carers to go along and take advantage of what is on offer.

“It’s a vital service and something that is much-needed in Hartlepool. It’s great to have a scheme like this particularly in times such as these when funding is becoming more and more scarce.

“It’s particularly encouraging that an organisation like Lifeline chose to step in to help the people who need it the most.”

Chris Hart, commissioning manager for drug and alcohol services with Hartlepool Borough Council, added: “We are extremely pleased to announce the launch of new drug and alcohol support services in Hartlepool.

“By providing these Services we will gain many more positive outcomes in reducing the impact of addiction, not only benefitting individuals, their families and carers, but also our communities in Hartlepool as a whole.”