New support service brings drug and alcohol treatment to door of communities

A new innovative way of delivering adult substance misuse treatment services in Cambridgeshire launches this month.

The national health and social care charity, Change Grow Live (CGL), has been commissioned by Cambridgeshire County Council to provide the new specialist treatment service for people affected by drug or alcohol misuse from October 1 2018.

The Service will be brought to the doors of local communities that need it most by operating from hubs in Cambridge, Huntingdon and Wisbech and community satellites across the Cambridgeshire County Council area.

The new contract will include information and advice about how the harms of drug and alcohol can be reduced, medical and psychological treatment along with support for recovery. Help will also be provided with housing, education, training and work, all of which are important on helping people recover from misusing drugs and alcohol.

Cllr Peter Hudson, Health Committee chairman at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Our public health team has been working closely with service users, their families and key partners within health, social care, housing, employment and the criminal justice system over the past few months to develop a new Drug and Alcohol treatment service for Cambridgeshire. We are really pleased that CGL will be taking over the service, their innovative model of treatment provision means anyone experiencing drug and alcohol substance misuse in the county is able to access the support they need as quickly and easily as possible.”

The CGL Service aims to support individuals to achieve long-term positive change through its comprehensive service and also a dedicated web page that includes webchat and online referrals and provision for people in the criminal justice system.

Those tackling drug and alcohol misuse will be supported by dedicated Recovery Coordinators together with pharmacy services coordinated by Lloyds Pharmacy across Cambridgeshire.

Vicki Markiewicz, Director at Change Grow Live, said: ‘We are pleased to bring our drug and alcohol support services to those affected by drug and alcohol misuse across Cambridgeshire. We are looking forward to working with existing pharmacies and innovative GP-shared care provision across Cambridgeshire.

“It is really important that anyone experiencing drug and alcohol misuse in the region is able to access the support they need as quickly and easily as possible. We shall focus on tailoring our services to provide individualised support and help to support and transform the lives of people affected by drug and alcohol problems. We have a real commitment and passion to work in the region and bring positive change.”

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