Shelter Sheffield to launch citywide drug and alcohol recovery service

Housing charity Shelter in Sheffield has launched an innovative service to help local people recover from drug or alcohol problems.

Commissioned by Sheffield City Council on 11 March, the Citywide Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Recovery Service will provide practical assistance and support to people with a current or previous history in misusing drugs and alcohol.

Shelter hub manager Tracey Nathan, said: “Having a stable, safe home is key for everything else in life to work, our aim is to support people into treatment and afterwards, so that they don’t lose their home.

“We hope they can live hopefully happily in a home and in a community and overcome difficulties they have,” she added.

It will assist people in engaging in treatment services, building their recovery, living independently and sustaining their home in the community.

Councillor Chris Peace, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “Addictions can result in a spiral of serious problems including losing jobs, home and relationships.

“We have commissioned this service to help people to access specialist clinical services and prevent the many problems that drug and alcohol misuse can cause.”

The project will work across Sheffield with drug and alcohol treatment services and recovery groups and numbers of support workers will come to the fore.

The Charity will also offer paid traineeships for up to four local people who benefit from the Shelter service, with the aim of them progressing to permanent employment.

Miss Nathan explained: “People with lived experienced of the issues are vital to the delivery of this service as they understand the challenges of trying to overcome drug and alcohol misuse.

“They help us to bridge the gap between the families we support and the various services that exist to help them,” she added.

The service will also help people to access training, education and employment and increase their independent living skills.

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