Action on Alcohol Harm

Published on: Friday, 05-September-2014

Support for people struggling with addiction was highlighted in Knowsley to mark the National Day of Action on Alcohol Harm (Friday, September 5).

Knowsley Integrated Recovery Service held an open day at the Link Centre in Kirkby – one of two recovery hubs in Knowsley - to highlight the work they do to help people overcome issues with alcohol and drugs misuse.

Hosted by the CRI and Knowsley Public Health, the day included market stalls from various organisations, a networking session for local health professionals, group work sessions and quizzes. Refreshments included non-alcoholic ‘mocktails’ for delegates.

Matthew Ashton, Knowsley Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “The open day was a really fitting way to mark the National Day of Action on Alcohol Harm.

“It was a great opportunity to bring together those professionals who are responsible for strategic decisions about  alcohol and substance misuse in Knowsley, to demonstrate the support that is available from this service.”

Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “With the right support and advice, we know that people can overcome addiction and move on with their lives, and that’s what this service provides.

“We have seen people come through this service and go into training, work or education, and that remains the focus all year round.”

Knowsley’s Integrated Recovery Service is run by CRI, a national social care and health charity, and has recovery hubs in both Huyton and Kirkby. The service offers assessment, treatment and support for people with drugs and/or alcohol issues, promoting recovery from addiction and dependence. CRI works to create links with the surrounding community and find opportunities to help people into work, training and education, where appropriate.

Offering treatment and support for people with drugs and/or alcohol issues alongside clinical and medical support, the service includes providing training in a wide range of life skills, sports, social activities, breakfast clubs, organised walks and parenting groups.