Community based day treatment

I AM writing to correct an inaccuracy in the article in last week's Mercury (May 18) written by Vicky Brook regarding day support

I AM writing to correct an inaccuracy in the article in last week's Mercury (May 18) written by Vicky Brook regarding day support groups being offered by a local drug treatment centre in Weston.In the article there is a quote which states that currently day treatment is not available in Weston; this is far from the truth.In partnership the Addiction Recovery Agency (ARA) has been providing community based day treatment for more than a year designed to enable people to overcome addition to drugs and alcohol.ARA has 20 years' experience of providing services for people with problematic drug or alcohol use and are leaders in the field providing a wide range of services including a 16 weeks' structured day care programme for those people wishing to achieve their goal of freedom from their substance use.This service currently has an 87 per cent attendance rate (extremely high for day care provision) and has had 65 people complete the programme. Our day care facility also provides a relapse prevention service that helps people to remain free from their substance use and an aftercare service that assists people completing treatment to reintegrate in society and build a new productive life.ARA Day Care Services are so well established that on June 15 John Penrose MP will be officially opening the newly refurbished day care premises in Weston. Mr Penrose is right to say that high quality day care is a vital piece of support and ARA is proud to work in partnership with the North Somerset Community Safety/Drug Action Team and the National Treatment Agency to provide this high quality service in Weston.ARA provides services for people experiencing problems with substance misuse and can be contacted on 01934 415376.PETER WALKER - Chief executive, Addiction Recovery Agency, The Boulevard, Weston


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