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New partnership service to improve substance misuse recovery
Tuesday 16th April, 2013

A new service to tackle addiction to drugs and alcohol by adults in Wigan borough has been launched.

The Wigan and Leigh Recovery Partnership has been created on behalf of Wigan Council and is part of the councilís commitment to supporting all residents affected by substance misuse, improving health and wellbeing as a result of the services they commission.

The Partnership brings together several services with a wealth of experience of working with individuals, families and communities affected by substance misuse: Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust will be providing specialist medical support; Addaction will be supporting those people who are aiming to recover from addiction with input from dedicated and experienced staff who will be working with individuals and their families; Greater Manchester Probation Trust will be working with offenders who have substance misuse problems in the community and also those leaving custody; the Social Partnership will provide an employment support service with the aim of increasing access to employment opportunities.

Cllr Keith Cunliffe, Wigan Council portfolio holder for adult and social care, said: “This Partnership will deliver a wider range of services and treatments for individuals and families affected by substance misuse, and help more people to tackle their addictions successfully.

“A key element of the new service is that people receive support to enable them to rebuild their lives, learn new skills, return to work and become positively engaged in their community, therefore sustaining their recovery and minimising the risk of them returning to substance misuse.

“Research shows that investment in drug and alcohol services contributes to making communities safer through reduced crime and disorder, and has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals. Financially, this investment also makes sense, with every £1 spent on drug treatment creating a saving of £2.50 in costs to society.”

The service is available in Wigan and Leigh town centres. People can access the service, or seek advice, by calling: 01942 487578 or the out of hours number: 0800 389 4463.

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