With 44% of adults in Stoke-on-Trent reportedly drinking at increasing or higher risk levels, funding has been allocated to improve access to alcohol addiction treatment.
In addition, alcohol misuse is one of the leading contributors of premature death and the leading risk factor for preventable death in 15 to 49-year-olds.
Support for people with drug and alcohol dependencies is provided by the Stoke-on-Trent Community Drug and Alcohol Service (CDAS) – which supported the council’s grant bid – but only 20 per cent of the estimated number of people requiring alcohol treatment actually received it in 2017.
The £398,700 from Public Health England (PHE) will be used to provide:
- An extra three community venues to deliver the service.
- More outreach work in familiar places close to where people live in the community, where assessment, case working and clinical sessions can take place.
- Refurbishment of the CDAS venue, to create a separate entrance and waiting area for alcohol-only service users.
- The creation of a breakfast club initially for rough sleepers with an aspiration to build this up to a café. This will provide practical support while encouraging familiarisation with the service and increased exposure to recovery and peer mentors being the key to inspire people who are not currently accessing treatment.
- Increased promotion of the service, to ensure more people are aware of how to access treatment at an earlier stage.
- Dedicated, supervised sessions for parents, including child-friendly areas at times, and in areas away from the main drugs service.