A GROUNDBREAKING new service offering support to those dealing with drug or alcohol problems has been launched in Hucknall.
Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust has formed the new Recovery Partnership to give much needed help to individuals, families and carers living in the area who need help with rehabilitation.
The Hucknall Local Access Point opened earlier this month and is now offering a wide range of services all designed to help individuals on their path to recovery.
The centre, which is based at Under One Roof on Vine Terrace, includes a counselling service, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and advice on housing, education and employment opportunities.
Service users will also be able to access talk with a doctor, police and probation officers and be given advice on mental health issues.
The centre also includes a computer room so users can access the Internet, e-mails and online workshops.
It is the first of seven community access points that will be set up by the Recovery Partnership across Nottinghamshire.
It is being run in conjunction with the Framework charity, which supports homeless people.
Caroline Thompson, clinical leader for the drugs and alcohol team at Framework, says there are plenty of benefits to the local access point.
“The service is for people from Hucknall and has the advantage that everything is under one roof so people will get triaged into the appropriate service,” she said.
“If the services are all together it will help service users on their journey to abstinence and give them access to employment and education, which will help them integrate back into society.
“We decided to set up the first access point in Hucknall as Framework were already leasing the premises there. But it will no longer be a place where people can just drop in.”
The centre will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm and on Wednesdays from 10 am to 6 pm.
Funding for the service has been provided by the Safer Nottinghamshire Substance Misuse Team.
Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, said: “Drug use is still prevalent and a main driver of crimes such as burglary.
“It ruins people’s lives and families. These services are so important. It is about providing a support network so people can tackle their problems.”