New drug recovery service will deliver improved results

12 Dec 2012
by Neil Skinner

People seeking help for drug problems in Nottingham will be supported to make long-term changes to their lives with the introduction of a new drug treatment pathway in the city.

The Recovery in Nottingham Partnership, which was formally launched today at the ICCA, in Hucknall Road, will deliver a coordinated, holistic, and cost-effective treatment service that will focus on getting people off drugs for good.

The new service, commissioned by The Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, will be delivered by a consortium of Framework, Nottinghamshire Healthcare, Double Impact and Bac-IN. People who want to address their drug use will now benefit from a single point of access in the city centre which will guarantee a same day appointment with a qualified drug worker.

Those who are unable to travel in to the City will be offered an appointment at a venue of their choice and home visits can be arranged if needed. Alcohol services in the City have already seen the benefit of a single point of access – in the form of the Last Orders service operated by Framework.

Caroline Thompson, Frameworks Clinical Lead stated “This is a new very different type of drug service with an emphasis on recovery. People will be able to access a range of services such as housing and aftercare to ensure the positive changes they make to their lifestyles are sustained in the long term.

“We know from experience that in order to achieve these results we have to treat people as individuals and find out why they are using certain drugs rather than just offer treatment. The type of drug use people are seeking help for will depend on the type of treatment offered.

“Treatment will range from one to one sessions, needle exchange, prescribing, culturally specific interventions, group work and activities and aftercare for those who are drug and alcohol free. Recovery co-ordinators are being employed in the new service to ensure that people in treatment have consistency in their care.”

The scheme will replace the previous treatment pathway which was delivered by many different partners. Staff, who will be employed by Framework, will now work under one unified body for the first time.

The partners, who will begin the service on January 1, have been awarded a contract for three years. They believe it will deliver greatly improved results, which will be felt not just by drug users themselves but also by society at large: by the NHS, the police, the courts, local authorities and other government agencies.

The Recovery in Nottingham Partnership will be based at the John Storer Clinic, 115 The Ropewalk, Nottingham, NG1 5DU and will be open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm at weekends and bank holidays.

Access is designed to be as simple as possible. People can either visit in person or be referred for treatment by others, including GPs, professional agencies and family members.

Kieran, a former long-term drug and alcohol user, know better than most the challenges faced by recovering addicts. He explained: “This kind of recovery based approach is really the only long-term way forward. It is so much more effective than just medicating people.

“It is fundamental to everyone who is recovering to find out why they are misusing drugs in the first place and work to get on top of those problems. This is where funding has been lacking in recent years. I was fortunate during my recovery to have access to a decent counsellor who really helped me to recover and to access new opportunities, but I know that everyone else is not so lucky. This scheme will give more people that kind of chance which can only be a good thing.”


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