New help for drug and alcohol addicts

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 May 2014

Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council

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NEW help for drug and alcohol abuse is being introduced by Somerset County Council.

The three-pronged Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS) will combine three agencies targeted at tackling drug and alcohol problems, and help those with serious issues access treatment.

Crime Reduction Initiatives and the Addiction Recovery Agency will provide early intervention and first-contact services throughout Somerset, with Turning Point delivering new drug and alcohol treatment to help people move away from addiction.

The Delivering Health and Independence agency will provide housing-related support, giving homeless drug and alcohol users accommodation options as well as housing advice and guidance.

A health and wellbeing bus will be introduced to provide services to people in more rural areas, and employment, training and education advice included as part of the overall service to get people into employment.

Councillor Christine Lawrence, chairman of the council’s Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “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.”

Anyone in need of help can call SDAS on 03003 038788, or visit

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