People and families affected by alcohol and drug addiction will benefit from a new approach to providing everyone with the same opportunities for support no matter where they live in Argyll and Bute.
The Argyll and Bute Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) has announced that Addaction Scotland, one of the country’s largest specialist drug and alcohol treatment charities, has won the contracts to provide community based addiction recovery services for adults across Argyll and Bute for the next three years.
The decision underpins the core aims of the ADP, which are about helping people make healthier choices about alcohol and drugs and to working to protect children, families and individuals from the harm which can be caused by substance misuse. Awarding the contracts to Addaction Scotland will give stability and security by running over a three-year period rather than annually.
In addition, a national provider will increase opportunities to benefit from best practice elsewhere and share it across all areas of Argyll and Bute so that support can be more effectively planned and developed to match the needs of service users.
As part of its contract Addaction Scotland will offer employment opportunities where appropriate to employees of the current service providers.
Christina West, chair of the ADP, said: “Awarding the contract for community adult addiction services to Addaction Scotland is a very positive step. Addaction have a great deal of experience of providing a range of comprehensive person-centred services in rural settings across Scotland.
“Argyll and Bute Alcohol and Drug partnership is fully committed to supporting service users and their families to deal with the impact of drugs and alcohol in their lives and we are looking forward to working in partnership with Addaction and with all sectors in this area.”
Andrew Horne, Director of Addaction Scotland, added: “We are delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to work with the people and communities in Argyll and Bute. Addaction has extensive experience and expertise. We have been working with people affected by alcohol and drug use for nearly 50 years.
“Our aim, in Argyll and Bute, is to create a recovery service that is accessible to all. With our partners, we will ensure that people who need our services can do so in a variety of community settings and using a range of communication methods. It is important to us that people are at the heart of what we do, helping us to develop the best services appropriate to each community.”