Drug and Alcohol Recovery Programme Launched for People in Sandwell

A new support service aimed at helping people with drug and alcohol addiction has been set up in Sandwell.

Leading mental health charity Kaleidoscope Plus Group has been awarded a grant of £10,000 from Public Health Sandwell to deliver its Drug and Alcohol Recovery Programme to people across the borough until July 2022.

Data from Public Health England estimates that last year in Sandwell there were more than 4,000 alcohol dependent drinkers and more than 2,000 people using Class A drugs.

The charity has been working alongside professionals from a range of services across the borough, as well as people with experiences of alcohol and drug addiction to help shape the new service programme and find out what the needs of people living in the borough are.

Faye Brecknock, Training Services Manager and Project Lead said: “The impact of addiction on mental health can affect all areas of a persons’ life and can be devastating. This may include struggling to manage finances and maintain employment or education, the threat of debt and homelessness, the ability to maintain healthy relationships and in the worst cases, a threat to life.

“We know addiction can be debilitating so this project aims to give people in Sandwell the support they need so that recovery is possible and sustainable.”

From October, the charity is offering 10 two-hour training support sessions for anyone affected by addiction, including those in recovery, those currently experiencing addiction and family and friends. Courses will cover a range of topics, including how to support family and friends through recovery, the five ways to wellbeing, mindfulness, coping with anxiety and depression, creative crafts and confidence and assertiveness.

The charity, which is based in West Bromwich, will also run an anti-stigma campaign in phase two of the project starting in January aimed at encouraging people to seek support for their addiction. Alongside this, it will also run weekly activities ranging from nature walks to creative arts for a period of six weeks.

Mrs Brecknock added: “We understand that addiction is an illness, and we will strive to end the stigma around this disease.

“We are passionate about championing change and giving people the opportunities, support and services, they deserve to empower them to live happy and healthy lives, free from stigma and judgement.”

For more information and to access support email training@kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk or call 0121 565 5605.