Turning Point one of three partners in new Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS)

News item posted: 12 May 2014

Somerset County Council has announced the launch of a new three-pronged Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS).

Turning Point, alongside CRI and DHI, will be working together to support those with substance misuse issues in the area.

• CRI (Crime Reduction Initiatives), together with their partners ARA (Addiction Recovery Agency), will provide early intervention, first contact and outreach to prevent people's problems worsening.

• Turning Point will build on their track record in Somerset to deliver new drug and alcohol treatment that helps people to establish drug and alcohol free lives.

• DHI (Developing Health and Independence) will provide housing related support as part of the service, giving homeless drug and alcohol users accommodation options as well as specialist housing advice and guidance.

Some of the new features of the service are:

• A point of contact to give fast access to speak to someone about drug and alcohol use

• A health and wellbeing bus which will provide services to people in more rural areas

• A new "recovery hub" in Minehead providing better access to support and treatment for residents in West Somerset

• Employment, training and education advice as part of the service to help people get back to work.

Councillor Christine Lawrence, Chair of the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board, Somerset County Council, said:

"Drug and alcohol misuse undermines our family and community life. It adds to antisocial behaviour, crime, domestic violence and family breakdown. 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."

Selina Douglas, Managing Director for Substance Misuse and Offending at Turning Point said;

"Turning Point have a successful track record of delivering substance misuse services in Somerset. We look forward to working with our partners at SDAS to support more people in the local area to turn their lives around."

If you need help you can call SDAS on Tel: 03003 038 788, drop in or phone your local Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service office http://www.somersetdap.org.uk/index