New base for drug and alcohol service

Drug addicts are treated by the centre

Drug addicts are treated by the centre

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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.

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3:48pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Hughwithaview says...

Yes - of course make sure all the drunks and drug addicts get the services they need but cut ones for the elderly and children. Typical of this politically correct society we are living in. Do not for one minute suggest that individuals should be responsible for their own choices in life because that is cruel and intolerant but it's OK to uproot dementia patients from the Care Home they have been living in for years?

I believe anyone in true need should have help and yes, we are all human and have our weaknesses. However, just how much money is spent on people who have no intention of giving up drugs or booze or to put it bluntly, for those where addiction is a lifestyle choice?

No doubt some will be up in arms over that last statement but my sympathy lies with people who have illnesses through no fault of their own - dementia, cancer, motor neurone disease, parkinsons, rhuematoid arthritis etc, not people who would rather stick a needle in their arm, sniff powder up their nose or quaff down several triple vodkas.
Yes - of course make sure all the drunks and drug addicts get the services they need but cut ones for the elderly and children. Typical of this politically correct society we are living in. Do not for one minute suggest that individuals should be responsible for their own choices in life because that is cruel and intolerant but it's OK to uproot dementia patients from the Care Home they have been living in for years? I believe anyone in true need should have help and yes, we are all human and have our weaknesses. However, just how much money is spent on people who have no intention of giving up drugs or booze or to put it bluntly, for those where addiction is a lifestyle choice? No doubt some will be up in arms over that last statement but my sympathy lies with people who have illnesses through no fault of their own - dementia, cancer, motor neurone disease, parkinsons, rhuematoid arthritis etc, not people who would rather stick a needle in their arm, sniff powder up their nose or quaff down several triple vodkas. Hughwithaview
  • Score: 15

5:35pm Tue 8 Jul 14

mikeashworth says...

So this is the new priority, over say care for the elderly :-(
So this is the new priority, over say care for the elderly :-( mikeashworth
  • Score: 7

7:12pm Tue 8 Jul 14

barrie timpson says...

Cut childrens services and give it to the drug and alcohol users....you're not a Labour run council by any chance are you?
Cut childrens services and give it to the drug and alcohol users....you're not a Labour run council by any chance are you? barrie timpson
  • Score: 8

11:00pm Tue 8 Jul 14

StHresident says...

The council probably tapped into some drug and alcohol budget that means we will probably inherit all the drug users and alcoholics from all the surrounding neighbouring towns.
The council probably tapped into some drug and alcohol budget that means we will probably inherit all the drug users and alcoholics from all the surrounding neighbouring towns. StHresident
  • Score: 8

6:49pm Wed 9 Jul 14

StHelens lad says...

I knew all about this place before it opened. When I contacted the council the simply said it was a medical centre nothing more. When I found out what it was I contacted them again. Was told yes its a drug centre but only for people who want to get better. LIE total LIE. People are forced to go there by the police when they are caught using drugs. No St Helens council its not voluntary at all. They call this regeneration, so that says it all for St Helens. This town has a high proportion of drug users because this council seems to positively want to attract users from all over the county!! £500,000 has been spent on this latest tourist attraction, £500,000 that could be spent on care for the elderly, for example. Taking drugs is a choice NOT an illness, there are people who are ill that have NO choice. Shame on you St Helens council for bringing more shame to the town
I knew all about this place before it opened. When I contacted the council the simply said it was a medical centre nothing more. When I found out what it was I contacted them again. Was told yes its a drug centre but only for people who want to get better. LIE total LIE. People are forced to go there by the police when they are caught using drugs. No St Helens council its not voluntary at all. They call this regeneration, so that says it all for St Helens. This town has a high proportion of drug users because this council seems to positively want to attract users from all over the county!! £500,000 has been spent on this latest tourist attraction, £500,000 that could be spent on care for the elderly, for example. Taking drugs is a choice NOT an illness, there are people who are ill that have NO choice. Shame on you St Helens council for bringing more shame to the town StHelens lad
  • Score: 6

9:10pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Sankey says...

Agree with above comments but on the other hand leaving them to rot ends up being felt by decent innocent families and householders on estates as they burgle and cause trouble / anti social behaviour which is rife in the peoples socialist republic of St. Helens so what do you do for the best.?

On balance I would prefer try to mitigate the problem
Agree with above comments but on the other hand leaving them to rot ends up being felt by decent innocent families and householders on estates as they burgle and cause trouble / anti social behaviour which is rife in the peoples socialist republic of St. Helens so what do you do for the best.? On balance I would prefer try to mitigate the problem Sankey
  • Score: 2

1:31pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Hughwithaview says...

Sankey wrote:
Agree with above comments but on the other hand leaving them to rot ends up being felt by decent innocent families and householders on estates as they burgle and cause trouble / anti social behaviour which is rife in the peoples socialist republic of St. Helens so what do you do for the best.?

On balance I would prefer try to mitigate the problem
Here's an idea that is a bit "out there" but how about we find an isolated island somewhere and transport all the following on to it

(in no particular order and feel free to add any other plague on society)

drug addicts
drunks
thieves
murderers
rapists
child abusers
the anti social

This would then allow the people who want to live a simple, quiet, law abiding life to get on with it. Just an idea!
[quote][p][bold]Sankey[/bold] wrote: Agree with above comments but on the other hand leaving them to rot ends up being felt by decent innocent families and householders on estates as they burgle and cause trouble / anti social behaviour which is rife in the peoples socialist republic of St. Helens so what do you do for the best.? On balance I would prefer try to mitigate the problem[/p][/quote]Here's an idea that is a bit "out there" but how about we find an isolated island somewhere and transport all the following on to it (in no particular order and feel free to add any other plague on society) drug addicts drunks thieves murderers rapists child abusers the anti social This would then allow the people who want to live a simple, quiet, law abiding life to get on with it. Just an idea! Hughwithaview
  • Score: 1

7:04pm Thu 10 Jul 14

barrie timpson says...

An incinerator would be cheaper , but my own preference , would be to free the harmless animals that suffer laboratory testing and replace them with Hughs list.
An incinerator would be cheaper , but my own preference , would be to free the harmless animals that suffer laboratory testing and replace them with Hughs list. barrie timpson
  • Score: 1

6:06pm Sat 12 Jul 14

StHelens lad says...

What I want to see is a member of St Helens council to come on here and comment as to why decent people of St Helens that are paying business and domestic rates have to put up with this. I walked past the town hall earlier this week horrified to see the amount of drug users on the benches hurling abuse at people walking past and the council wonder why the town is empty. Come on have the nerve to explain yourselves I for one want to know why drug users have priority over the elderly, the sick and many other groups who have NO choice.
What I want to see is a member of St Helens council to come on here and comment as to why decent people of St Helens that are paying business and domestic rates have to put up with this. I walked past the town hall earlier this week horrified to see the amount of drug users on the benches hurling abuse at people walking past and the council wonder why the town is empty. Come on have the nerve to explain yourselves I for one want to know why drug users have priority over the elderly, the sick and many other groups who have NO choice. StHelens lad
  • Score: 4

8:39pm Sun 13 Jul 14

sunshineandshowers says...

I agree with Sankey the problem exists and its costing millions to our town not £500K to sort out the issues caused in society with children being neglected, crime, inappropriate use of the NHS and loss of income to business through the poor reputation of the town centre. I would like to think this Centre has been funded by 'funny money' and helps to start to solve a problem that could cause generational issues for many years to come. Invest to save...
I agree with Sankey the problem exists and its costing millions to our town not £500K to sort out the issues caused in society with children being neglected, crime, inappropriate use of the NHS and loss of income to business through the poor reputation of the town centre. I would like to think this Centre has been funded by 'funny money' and helps to start to solve a problem that could cause generational issues for many years to come. Invest to save... sunshineandshowers
  • Score: -1

7:34pm Mon 14 Jul 14

StHelens lad says...

Invest to save,?? Lets read that as invest to destroy local businesses nearby to this place. Would sunshineand shows like to put up this on their door step? Would you like every dead beat for miles on your doorstep? I think not. So why should local residents (yes people do live in the town centre) and businesses put up with this? Its a case of "not on my doorstep so its ok" Why is this place not in a hospital? We pay our council tax the same as you do, so why should we put up with this and you don't? Are we worth less because we are in the town centre? Lets spend the "funny money" on people who deserve it, are you saying these drug users are more deserving that an old person who has worked hard all their lives?
Invest to save,?? Lets read that as invest to destroy local businesses nearby to this place. Would sunshineand shows like to put up this on their door step? Would you like every dead beat for miles on your doorstep? I think not. So why should local residents (yes people do live in the town centre) and businesses put up with this? Its a case of "not on my doorstep so its ok" Why is this place not in a hospital? We pay our council tax the same as you do, so why should we put up with this and you don't? Are we worth less because we are in the town centre? Lets spend the "funny money" on people who deserve it, are you saying these drug users are more deserving that an old person who has worked hard all their lives? StHelens lad
  • Score: 3

11:24pm Wed 16 Jul 14

zippee says...

barrie timpson wrote:
An incinerator would be cheaper , but my own preference , would be to free the harmless animals that suffer laboratory testing and replace them with Hughs list.
mate you know **** all
[quote][p][bold]barrie timpson[/bold] wrote: An incinerator would be cheaper , but my own preference , would be to free the harmless animals that suffer laboratory testing and replace them with Hughs list.[/p][/quote]mate you know **** all zippee
  • Score: 0

11:32pm Wed 16 Jul 14

zippee says...

zippee wrote:
barrie timpson wrote:
An incinerator would be cheaper , but my own preference , would be to free the harmless animals that suffer laboratory testing and replace them with Hughs list.
mate you know **** all
The service I am reliably informed is provided by Addaction which is currently the Uk's largest provider of Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services.
Addaction St Helens is a Nationally recognised and exceptional provider of services to people on both voluntary or signposted from GP's.
I strongly suggest you take the time to research your facts before posting what is largely bigoted innacurate drivel .
[quote][p][bold]zippee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]barrie timpson[/bold] wrote: An incinerator would be cheaper , but my own preference , would be to free the harmless animals that suffer laboratory testing and replace them with Hughs list.[/p][/quote]mate you know **** all[/p][/quote]The service I am reliably informed is provided by Addaction which is currently the Uk's largest provider of Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services. Addaction St Helens is a Nationally recognised and exceptional provider of services to people on both voluntary or signposted from GP's. I strongly suggest you take the time to research your facts before posting what is largely bigoted innacurate drivel . zippee
  • Score: 0

8:57am Thu 17 Jul 14

zippee says...

ST HELENS GATEWAY SAYS :The Addaction Service in St Helens is a free and confidential service that offers support and advice to adults (19years) in St Helens who are concerned about their drinking or drug use or the negative effects it may be having on their relationships, work or family lives.

The service is a fully integrated treatment service that takes service users from the start of their journey into their desired level of recovery.

In April 2012 Addaction replaced all previous drug and alcohol services provided in St Helens; these include ARCH Initiatives, the Drugs Intervention Programme (DIP), Community Integrated Care, Lifestyle Team and the Recovery Centre.
Services Provided:

Addaction provides service Monday - Friday 9am till 5pm with late nights Wednesday till 8pm. Saturday is 9am till 1pm.

We offer a Midwife clinic every other Tuesday and a late night clinic once a month on a Tuesday evening until 8pm.

We also offer a women's group every Friday 1pm until 3pm and host a Narcotics Anonymous Meeting within our building at 6pm every Thursday.

Full Hepatitis C testing, referrals and treatment support available on site.
ST HELENS GATEWAY SAYS :The Addaction Service in St Helens is a free and confidential service that offers support and advice to adults (19years) in St Helens who are concerned about their drinking or drug use or the negative effects it may be having on their relationships, work or family lives. The service is a fully integrated treatment service that takes service users from the start of their journey into their desired level of recovery. In April 2012 Addaction replaced all previous drug and alcohol services provided in St Helens; these include ARCH Initiatives, the Drugs Intervention Programme (DIP), Community Integrated Care, Lifestyle Team and the Recovery Centre. Services Provided: Addaction provides service Monday - Friday 9am till 5pm with late nights Wednesday till 8pm. Saturday is 9am till 1pm. We offer a Midwife clinic every other Tuesday and a late night clinic once a month on a Tuesday evening until 8pm. We also offer a women's group every Friday 1pm until 3pm and host a Narcotics Anonymous Meeting within our building at 6pm every Thursday. Full Hepatitis C testing, referrals and treatment support available on site. zippee
  • Score: 2

8:58am Thu 17 Jul 14

zippee says...

StHelens lad wrote:
I knew all about this place before it opened. When I contacted the council the simply said it was a medical centre nothing more. When I found out what it was I contacted them again. Was told yes its a drug centre but only for people who want to get better. LIE total LIE. People are forced to go there by the police when they are caught using drugs. No St Helens council its not voluntary at all. They call this regeneration, so that says it all for St Helens. This town has a high proportion of drug users because this council seems to positively want to attract users from all over the county!! £500,000 has been spent on this latest tourist attraction, £500,000 that could be spent on care for the elderly, for example. Taking drugs is a choice NOT an illness, there are people who are ill that have NO choice. Shame on you St Helens council for bringing more shame to the town
ST HELENS GATEWAY SAYS : The Addaction Service in St Helens is a free and confidential service that offers support and advice to adults (19years) in St Helens who are concerned about their drinking or drug use or the negative effects it may be having on their relationships, work or family lives.

The service is a fully integrated treatment service that takes service users from the start of their journey into their desired level of recovery.

In April 2012 Addaction replaced all previous drug and alcohol services provided in St Helens; these include ARCH Initiatives, the Drugs Intervention Programme (DIP), Community Integrated Care, Lifestyle Team and the Recovery Centre.
Services Provided:

Addaction provides service Monday - Friday 9am till 5pm with late nights Wednesday till 8pm. Saturday is 9am till 1pm.

We offer a Midwife clinic every other Tuesday and a late night clinic once a month on a Tuesday evening until 8pm.

We also offer a women's group every Friday 1pm until 3pm and host a Narcotics Anonymous Meeting within our building at 6pm every Thursday.

Full Hepatitis C testing, referrals and treatment support available on site.
[quote][p][bold]StHelens lad[/bold] wrote: I knew all about this place before it opened. When I contacted the council the simply said it was a medical centre nothing more. When I found out what it was I contacted them again. Was told yes its a drug centre but only for people who want to get better. LIE total LIE. People are forced to go there by the police when they are caught using drugs. No St Helens council its not voluntary at all. They call this regeneration, so that says it all for St Helens. This town has a high proportion of drug users because this council seems to positively want to attract users from all over the county!! £500,000 has been spent on this latest tourist attraction, £500,000 that could be spent on care for the elderly, for example. Taking drugs is a choice NOT an illness, there are people who are ill that have NO choice. Shame on you St Helens council for bringing more shame to the town[/p][/quote]ST HELENS GATEWAY SAYS : The Addaction Service in St Helens is a free and confidential service that offers support and advice to adults (19years) in St Helens who are concerned about their drinking or drug use or the negative effects it may be having on their relationships, work or family lives. The service is a fully integrated treatment service that takes service users from the start of their journey into their desired level of recovery. In April 2012 Addaction replaced all previous drug and alcohol services provided in St Helens; these include ARCH Initiatives, the Drugs Intervention Programme (DIP), Community Integrated Care, Lifestyle Team and the Recovery Centre. Services Provided: Addaction provides service Monday - Friday 9am till 5pm with late nights Wednesday till 8pm. Saturday is 9am till 1pm. We offer a Midwife clinic every other Tuesday and a late night clinic once a month on a Tuesday evening until 8pm. We also offer a women's group every Friday 1pm until 3pm and host a Narcotics Anonymous Meeting within our building at 6pm every Thursday. Full Hepatitis C testing, referrals and treatment support available on site. zippee
  • Score: 1

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