DRUG and alcohol service Addaction has relocated to new premises.

The service has moved from three separate town centre sites to a single location at Lincoln House on Corporation Street.

People with drink or drug problems are assured there will be no changes to their care plan or nominated worker.

The issue of addiction is significant in St Helens, with the town having the third highest rate of deaths due to liver disease in the under 75s in the county. It is also ranked as being the 32nd worst area for alcohol related harm.

A report released earlier this year suggested more thna 4,000 people in the borough are battling drug addiction.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Andy Bowden said: “Many people from all walks of life go through difficulties and some turn to drugs or alcohol in the mistaken belief that this will help them to cope.

“Unfortunately this usually makes things much worse and there are often negative consequences, not only for the individual but for families, friends and the wider community.

“In commissioning high quality support, St Helens Council is demonstrating its commitment to ensuring that help is available when needed and that people are encouraged to develop positive coping strategies which will assist themselves and others.”

Liz Gaulton, the Council’s Director of Public Health added: "Our local service supports adults aged 19 and over, parents, professionals, and older people - indeed anyone who needs support.

“Effective treatment is tailored to the individual and we are committed to the recovery of people who use our services.”

Anyone who needs help or referral can contact Addaction on 01744 610555 or email sthelensreferrals@addaction.org.uk.

Opening times are Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm, with a late 8pm closure on Wednesdays, as well as Saturdays from 9am to 1pm.