HELP for addicts and their families
For hundreds of drug users in Solihull, breaking their addiction is not just about getting clean, but also about reconnecting with their families.
Solihull’s Integrated Addictions Services (SIAS), part of the Safer Solihull Partnership, is currently helping more than 500 people – of differing ages and backgrounds – overcome drug abuse and its effects.
SIAS, which was launched last May, offers non-judgemental support and treatment for those with drug misuse problems as well as detoxification from drugs and alcohol.
It provides a range of specialist services including treatment, help with employment, finance and housing, counselling and support to prevent users from re-offending if their addiction had led them to crime.
Colin Bartlett, a service user representative at SIAS, said: “I have been a drug user most of my life but SIAS has turned my life around. It has given me the chance to lead a good life and reunite with my family.
“Accepting help for addiction is one of the hardest things a person can do. SIAS understands the difficulty to get and stay in treatment. The team work hard to ensure a programme is right for the individual and provides ongoing support throughout.”
SIAS also has a comprehensive family and carer support system.
A dedicated support worker visits families at home, and a family support group holds monthly meetings at the drop-in centre in Chelmsley Wood. These take place on the last Thursday of every month.
Joanne Mackinnon, a spokesperson for SIAS said: “Family support is often very important to a person overcoming drug addiction, which is why we try and involve family in the process as much as possible.
“At SIAS we also understand that drug addiction puts a lot of stress on a family and so we offer support and advice to family, friends and carers to help them understand and cope with their situation.”
SIAS is made up of four services: The Bridge (part of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust), which provides help for those using class A drugs; registered charity Welcome which provides treatment and drug support services; Str8 Up for under 18s; and the Drug Intervention Programme, which aims to encourage drug users who commit crime into treatment.
For information and advice about drug treatment services within Solihull go to Middlewood House, Larch Croft, Chelmsley Wood, call 0121 678 4730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The website www.freedomfromdrugs.org.uk also provides information on tackling drug addiction and the services available.