Drug re­cov­ery ser­vice hailed

Mayor praises ARCH’s work with ad­dicts

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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