Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vice cel­e­brates first year

ARCH has al­ready sup­ported hun­dreds of ad­dicts

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

A RE­HA­BIL­I­TA­TION ser­vice for drug and al­co­hol ad­dicts in Hilling­don cel­e­brated its first year at an event in Septem­ber.

Ad­dic­tion Re­cov­ery Com­mu­nity Hilling­don (ARCH) was launched in 2015 and has al­ready sup­ported more than 1,000 peo­ple.

In­terim sec­tor man­ager Ruben Seetharam­doo said: “Since ARCH opened its doors in August last year, for ev­ery sin­gle day that we have opened our doors one Hilling­don ser­vice user has been walk­ing out ab­sti­nent from sub­stances, ei­ther drugs and or al­co­hol.

“We have a proven track record in help­ing peo­ple in Hilling­don to re­gain con­trol of their lives fol­low­ing a pe­riod of sub­stance mis­use and over the last year more than 300 peo­ple in Hilling­don re­cov­ered from their ad­dic­tion through sup­port from ARCH.”

The event was at­tended by staff, ser­vice users and the Mayor of Hilling­don, John Hens­ley.

It was held at ARCH’s base in Old Bank House, in Uxbridge High Street, on Septem­ber 22 and co­in­cided with the launch of the new Re­cov­ery Stu­dio.

The Re­cov­ery Stu­dio, do­nated by the mayor’s char­ity ap­peal fund, will act as a hub for art ther­apy and mind­ful­ness group meet­ings.

Ser­vice users shared their re­cov­ery sto­ries and also a se­ries of three­minute films made by peo­ple af­fected by ad­dic­tion were show­cased.

ARCH is a part­ner­ship be­tween Cen­tral and North West Lon­don NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, Hilling­don Coun­cil, ser­vice user led char­ity Build on Be­lief and other drug and al­co­hol projects.

n SUP­PORT: Stu­dent nurse at ARCH Katy Elkins (left) with nurse Lynne Pay

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