COLWALL and Ledbury residents with drug and alcohol addiction will soon be able to benefit from the launch of a new £5million substance misuse service.
Herefordshire Council has been awarded a three-year contract aimed at giving addicts help to recover and live positive and active lives in their communities.
The service will replace the DASH project, ran by 2gether Trust, which provided treatment and support to more than 900 people by helping them get back into work or training and more involved with healthy activities.
From December, Addaction will be running the new service which has been designed to expand the recovery options and therapies people can receive as part of their treatment plan.
People needing support will be encouraged to get more involved in putting their recovery plan together and to share their experience and knowledge to help other people recover as well.
The new provider will be bringing nationally recognised programmes and a wide range of new activities.
They will also focus on the prevention of harm from substances and working with recovering users to positively change attitudes to the use of drugs and alcohol by all age groups.
Coun Patricia Morgan, who is responsible for health and wellbeing, said they were delighted to have Addaction to deliver such an incredibly important service.
“We want to give people who want to change their lives the opportunity to live a life free from dependency on drugs and/or alcohol and to be able to positively contribute to their families and communities,” she added.
“There’s a real chance here to support people who are living with addiction and to also get them involved in promoting prevention and helping to change attitudes.”