New drugs rehab scheme for Weston

PUBLISHED: 15:18 22 April 2015 | UPDATED: 15:18 22 April 2015

The scheme is designed to help veterans.

The scheme is designed to help veterans.

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A CHARITY in Weston has helped launch an addiction recovery service for former members of the Armed Forces.

Addaction, which has a premises in the Boulevard, has launched the Right Turn project, with assistance from national charity, The Forces In Mind Trust (FIMT).

Ray Lock, FIMT chief executive, said: “After military service, a small but significant number of people can face particularly difficult challenges that can lead them to turn to drink and drugs in order to cope with the stress of transitioning back into civilian life.

“It can be very difficult for such vulnerable people to have the confidence to speak up and ask for help.

“In some cases they may not even be aware that such help is available.”

The Right Turn project will see veterans evaluated before being put on a specific programme.

They will be able to access support 
and treatment and be educated about their addiction, so they can resolve the drug and/or alcohol issues they are facing.

Mr Lock added: “Addaction’s Right Turn programme is the perfect way for people to gain the vital help and support that they need and it is right that FIMT supports the extension and evaluation of it.

“By conducting an independent evaluation, we will provide the evidence base that is needed to further support service and ex-service personnel to lead fulfilling civilian lives.

“We are proud to fund Addaction in this project and are optimistic it will be a success.”

Addaction has successfully run a similar programme with veterans in other parts of the country, including Sheffield.

Simon Antrobus, its chief executive, said: “Our work with has already 
shown the importance of providing 
specialist support for former members of the Armed Forces, many of whom are struggling to re-integrate into civilian 
life.

“We are very grateful to FIMT for this grant.”

For more information, log onto www.addaction.org.uk

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