Addicts urged to get recovery help

HELP is on offer for drug and alcohol addicts.

The Calderdale Substance Misuse Service workers are urging anyone who is over 21 and has drug or alcohol problems to take up their recovery programme.

The service also offers a needle exchange, where injecting drug users can exchange used injecting equipment for clean, safe equipment and receive information on reducing the risk of illnesses such as Hepatitis C.

Service manager Haydn Cavanagh said: “The issues surrounding the misuse of drugs and alcohol is very misunderstood in society. People can really struggle for many years with these problems and need specialist help to break free from their addictions and move towards recovery.

“Our team can offer a range of interventions geared towards the individual needs of the service user, including substitute prescribing as part of a medically-assisted recovery programme.

“The service is free and confidential.

“We offer a supportive and friendly environment and provide a holistic service that addresses the physical, psychological and social needs of the service user. This includes one-to-one support as well as group work, vaccinations and blood born virus testing, access to a specialist housing worker and referral on to other services where appropriate.

“Support is also available for the family and friends of people addicted to drugs or alcohol.”

The service is based at School House, 56 Hopwood Lane, Halifax, and is open weekdays 9am to 5pm and Thursday until 7pm. There is also an open access service in Todmorden on Mondays at Todmorden Health Centre between 2pm and 5pm.

To find out more call 0800 3286397.