Drug and alcohol service on the move

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St Helens’ drug and alcohol service, Addaction, is on the move.

Previously, the service was spread over three town centre council sites.

Now a new bespoke premises in Lincoln House in Corporation Street has opened its doors to users - but officials insist they will offer the same high level of care.

Liz Gaulton, St Helens Council’s director of public health, said: “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.”

Coun Andy Bowden added: “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.”

Addaction is a free, discreet and confidential service that offers support and advice to adults in St Helens concerned about their drinking or drug use.

Visit Lincoln House between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday (open til 8pm on Wednesday) or Saturdays, 9am to 1pm. Alternatively, call 01744 610555 or email sthelensreferrals@addaction.org.uk