Council announces new Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service

Somerset County Council has announced the launch of a new three-pronged Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS).

Three agencies will be working together to help people stop using drugs and alcohol before their problems worsen, and get those with the most serious issues through treatment that will help them stop and move on with their lives:

• CRI (Crime Reduction Initiatives), together with their partners ARA (Addiction Recovery Agency), will provide early intervention, first contact and outreach to prevent people’s problems worsening.

• Turning Point will build on their track record in Somerset to deliver new drug and alcohol treatment that helps people to establish drug and alcohol free lives.

• DHI (Developing Health and Independence) will provide housing related support as part of the service, giving homeless drug and alcohol users accommodation options as well as specialist housing advice and guidance.

Some of the new features of the service are:

• A point of contact to give fast access to speak to someone about drug and alcohol use

• A health and wellbeing bus which will provide services to people in more rural areas

• A new “recovery hub” in Minehead providing better access to support and treatment for residents in West Somerset

• Employment, training and education advice as part of the service to help people get back to work.

SDAS is part of Somerset Drug and Alcohol Partnership’s wider approach to tackling drug and alcohol issues in the county. It is a partnership of Somerset County Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, Avon and Somerset Police and Avon and Somerset Probation. The contracts for the new service are issued by Somerset County Council.

Councillor Christine Lawrence, Chair of the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board, Somerset County Council, said: “Drug and alcohol misuse undermines our family and community life. It adds to antisocial behaviour, crime, domestic violence and family breakdown. We are committed to working with our partners to provide swift professional help and support for those who need it, and ensuring that Somerset is a safe and healthy place for everyone to live in.”

If you need help you can call SDAS on Tel: 03003 038 788, drop in or phone your local Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service office