Addiction treatment contract awarded

PUBLISHED: 13:30 14 January 2015

The drug treatment charity will expand its services (Picture: Getty Images).

The drug treatment charity will expand its services (Picture: Getty Images).

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A DRUG and alcohol treatment charity has been awarded an £1.8million-a-year contract by North Somerset Council to deliver and expand its services.

Addaction, which is based in the Boulevard in Weston, will expand its work supporting people addicted to alcohol, over-the-counter drugs, prescription-only medication and tranquillisers.

It will also have targeted services for drinkers aged over 55, young people not currently accessing treatment and vulnerable women.

Addaction manager Gill Flanagan said: “We are very excited that we have been awarded this contract.

“This will give us the opportunity to reach out to more people affected by drugs and alcohol including those struggling with over-the-counter medication and prescription-only medication.

“A menu of services delivered from Addaction will be available shortly for anyone wanting to know what we can offer.

“This new service will also give us the opportunity to work in more depth to support family and friends as we all know addiction can affect the whole family and not just one person.

The decision to give the contract to Addaction was made at a full council meeting on Tuesday.

The service will launch on April 1, and the contract will run for three years, with the option to extend for a further two years in yearly increments.

Addaction North Somerset will create a community alcohol detox programme, sessions to help people stop smoking and open more services in the northern part of the district.

Ms Flanagan added: “We have a team of staff who are dedicated, compassionate and professional and any one who feels they need to talk to someone can call into the office during opening hours for support or an assessment.

“We do not have waiting lists so please come in or call us.”

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