Addiction can sit at the centre of a number of other social, physical and psychological problems. In recent years, death and ill-health linked to drug and alcohol abuse has soared to record levels, while Government cuts to public health budgets are seriously limiting what support can be offered to people seeking help.
In 2015/16 there were 8,621 hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of drug-related mental health and behavioural disorders. This is 6% increase on 2014/15 and an 11% increase on 2005/06. Hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of poisoning by illegal drugs are up 6% since 2014/15 and 51% since 2005/06. Deaths related to drug misuse – currently 10% higher than in 2014 and 48% higher than in 2005 – are at their highest level since comparable records began in 1993. Alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15–49 year-olds in the UK, and the fifth biggest risk factor across all ages.
Spending on drug and alcohol support services across England has been slashed by 16% over the past four years; the result is a vicious cycle in which the needs of vulnerable people are not being met.
We understand that addiction has an impact on every area of a person’s life. We work in partnership with other agencies to address an individual’s specific needs, raising their awareness of the damage caused by drug and alcohol abuse and supporting them to move on to a positive future.
We know that the journey to recovery may not be straightforward and can often involve relapses. We stick with people at every step of the way and never give up.
Our drug and alcohol work
We offer specialist housing support for people with substance misuse issues. Our services offer 24-hour support and short-stay accommodation for poly drug users with complex needs, plus second stage units for those who no longer require 24-hour supported housing. We also address financial and social inclusion, and training and employment, and work with people to address anti-social and offending behaviour.
Our recovery services seek to reduce the harm caused by drug and alcohol addiction to people, their families and the communities they live in; we provide help and support via one-to-one and group sessions.
Dee accessed our Recovery Near You service in Wolverhampton. To listen to her story, click here.
Our drug and alcohol services
Nacro East Kent Community Drug and Alcohol Service is delivered through RAPt in partnership with Nacro and Rethink Mental Illness. It supports people through information and advice sessions, one-to-one counselling and group work.
Nacro Flintshire Doorstop Project provides housing-related support to people with substance misuse problems, who are committed to addressing their dependency and require support to maintain their tenancy.
Nacro Gwynedd Doorstop provides housing related support to people with substance misuse problems, who are committed to addressing their dependency and require support to maintain their tenancy.
Nacro Latch House Substance Misuse Project offers a 24-week residential programme for men who recognise they have an addiction, providing art-led sessions, fitness and health interventions, specialist probation mental health intervention.
Nacro Peterborough STORM Project helps offenders to resettle into the community by supporting them to manage their tenancies and equips them with the practical skills to live safe, independent, crime-free, drug-free lives.
Nacro Recovery Near You – Wolverhampton Substance Misuse Service helps young people and adults to move on from drugs and/or alcohol and integrate into their communities.
Nacro RESET Recovery Service, in partnership with Lifeline, provides support around housing and financial inclusion, education, training and employment and specialises in supporting people who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.