Drug recovery service hailed
Mayor praises ARCH’s work with addicts
THE Mayor of Hillingdon has hailed the work being done in the borough to get addicts off drugs.
Addiction Recovery Community Hillingdon (ARCH) is a recovery service which has been created by the council, the NHS and Blenheim CDP charity, Westminster Drug Project and others.
Since its launch in August, ARCH has supported numerous service users to enter treatment with a variety of support needs, such as alcohol, cannabis, cocaine and crack, khat, heroin or over the counter opiates.
Mayor George Cooper said: “The cost to society from addictions is horrific, not necessarily just the cost in work terms but the cost to the individual, their friends and family.
“But it’s not the end of the road. There is hope and support out there so it’s absolutely fantastic to see this being provided by ARCH through the different therapies and the different ways of helping people come to terms with their addiction and to give them the strength to address those problems.”
ARCH sector manager Sue Murphy said: “Substance misuse can cause a variety of healthrelated problems such as high or low blood pressure, stroke, heart, lung or liver disease, depression, anxiety or panic attacks, as well as psychosis.
“We have a proven track record in helping people in Hillingdon to regain control of their lives following a period of substance misuse. We have been able to help so many people in recovering their lives and long may it continue.”
ARCH, which is based in High Street, Uxbridge, gives free help to any resident of Hillingdon who is registered with a local GP.
The service has hubs throughout the borough and also benefits from the support of a network of volunteers.
The mayor was told that the service also works with employment agencies, training providers and housing associations to get recovering addicts back on track.
Find out more at http://bit.ly/1TIUaQb or call 01895 207777.
HOPE AND SUPPORT:
Cleo Boado from ARCH with mayor George Cooper and mayoress Judith Cooper