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Improved drug and alcohol abuse recovery service in Bexley to start this summer

PUBLISHED: 16:06 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:30 21 April 2017

Substance misuse treatment is about to change in Bexley

Substance misuse treatment is about to change in Bexley

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The service is being provided by a south London hospital trust

Families and carers of people suffering from substance misuse are set to be supported when a new treatment service starts in the summer.

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) has worked with police, probation, social services and a mixture of current and former service users to create a service which helps to improve how people are treated through substance misuse and their recovery.

It will provide community-based interventions and recovery services, as well as support for those closest to service users.

Cllr Brad Smith, cabinet member for adult services said: “This new integrated model has been designed to provide an end-to-end service and a single point of access.

“It will include substitute prescribing and psychosocial treatment, alongside education, training and employment and housing support, to help those in need reach their full potential.

“Most importantly, it has recovery at its core.”

The new services will provide the following -

• Access, engagement, early intervention and prevention (including provision of needle exchange)

• Specialist community treatment (including GP shared care)

• Recovery, reintegration and relapse prevention (including housing, education, training and employment support, and aftercare)

For more information on substance misuse support in Bexley email julie.tilbrook@bexley.gov.uk or call 020 8303 7777 and ask for the Public Health Team.

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