Achieve - Salford Recovery Services are holding a number of events across the city during Alcohol Awareness Week (17th-24th November) to help raise awareness of the effects of alcohol and the impact it can have on health and communities.
The recovery-focussed service, which launched in October 2014 and is provided by Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW), has input from a number of partner organisations across Salford to provide treatment and support for people with substance misuse issues as well as providing assistance with training, education, employment and housing support to help people to integrate back into the community.
As well as working with adults with substance misuse issues, the service will work closely with young people through a dedicated specialist team devoted to tackling substance misuse in teenagers. Achieve services will be visiting colleges, youth probation services and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust Accident & Emergency department this week to provide advice, support and guidance to young people.
Alicia Murphy, Team Manager at Achieve Salford Young Persons Service said: “Teenagers and young people often use alcohol as a means to cope with problems in their life. Research shows that the earlier a child starts drinking, the higher their chances of developing alcohol dependency in earlier life. Our service offers support to those young people who are experiencing problems with alcohol and need help breaking the cycle of addiction.
“It’s important we visit young people in the community to promote the facts about alcohol consumption, the effects it can have and where young people can go to get help and support.”
The Achieve service also offers an Early Intervention service for vulnerable people and their families to break patterns of addiction which can be passed on through generations.
Alcohol Awareness Week is a campaign run by charity Drink Aware with the theme this year being 'Facing our Alcohol Problem - Taking Back our Health and High Streets'. Achieve are encouraging people who want further information on the service, advice about drugs and alcohol and where to get help, to drop in to any of their six bases across Salford during Alcohol Awareness Week. For more information please contact 0161 703 8873.
Notes for Editors
- Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW) provides district mental health services in Bolton, Salford and Trafford. GMW also provides substance misuse services in Salford, Wigan and Leigh, Blackburn with Darwen, Central Lancashire and Cumbria.
- GMW delivers specialist mental health and substance misuse inpatient services throughout Greater Manchester and the wider North.
- Anyone concerned with their alcohol or drug addiction or about a family members addiction can contact Achieve Services on Tel: 0161 703 8873
- Partners of the Achieve Salford Recovery Service include registered charity THOMAS (Those on the Margins of a Society), Great Places Housing Group, young people’s service Early Break and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.
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