Addiction affects family life

A new model of care and services for people affected by drugs and alcohol is being introduced by the Borders Alcohol and Drugs Partnership.

The model was launched this week at a Substance Misuse Conference at Tweed Horizons attended by national and local leaders in the field.

Modern approaches to supporting clients means more than simply reducing or abstaining from alcohol, the focus being on recovery through community based support which benefits the individual, their family and community.

Crucial to the new model are the newly contracted services for clients which started on May 1, this year.

The new model sees Borders ADP working with new partners: Action for Children’s Children and Families Service will provide parenting support to substance misusing parents and will help young people with their own alcohol or drug issues or who are affected by parental use; and Addaction’s adult alcohol and drugs service will provide treatment to clients as well as recovery focused support relating to mutual aid groups and employability.

NHS Borders Addiction Service is realigning its work with people who have more complex needs and is working alongside Addaction and Action for Children to ensure that services are joined up. Plus, North Star Consulting has been employed to improve the communications between clients and the ADP.

The Borders ADP will no longer be working with face2face, a local independent charity which decided this month to close their organisation, or Turning Point Scotland.