New drugs and drink support line launches today

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A NEW support line has been launched to help people battling drink and drugs problems.

According to Portsmouth City Council, there are about 7,000 people dealing with alcohol addiction in the city, and 1,400 with drug-related problems.

And to tackle that, the authority has created the Recovery Hub, which opens today.

The hub is a dedicated phoneline, where trained professionals will assess and develop a plan for the person calling.

Each individual will have a recovery worker to help motivate, assist and support them in their recovery, as well as a peer recovery broker who has personal experience of recovery.

David Joyce, manager of the hub, said: ‘We’re excited to launch the hub.

‘With just one direct number to call, the hub aims to be easy and simple for people with drink and drugs issues to get in touch.’

The number can also be used by people who are concerned about a friend or family member who may have a problem.

Councillor Leo Madden, cabinet member for health and social care, said: ‘This hub aims to make it easier for people to get help.

‘We wanted just one phone number for people to call, and from that their needs would be assessed and they would get an individual care plan to suit them.

‘This number is also for people who are worried about someone with a drink or drugs problem, so it really is a one-stop shop for everything to do with drugs or alcohol. We hope that this simpler approach will mean more people will come and get help.’

The hub will be based at Campion Place, in Elm Grove, Southsea, and there are also satellite services, including St Mary’s Community Health Campus, in Milton Road, Milton.

The hub hotline is (023) 9275 1617.

To find out more, visit saferportsmouth.org.uk/campaigns/recovery-hub/.