The first two months of 2015 have been the busiest ever in Dumfries and Galloway for drug and alcohol service Addaction.
Project Manager Hugh Robertson explained: “In January and February we had 129 people referred to our service for help. That is 25 per cent higher than the same period last year and makes up a quarter of our case load for the operational year which finishes at the end of March.”
Hugh puts the higher numbers down to stronger links with the NHS and closer working relationships with other care agencies.
It is not only a numbers exercise for Addaction, though, and Hugh was able to point to real success. He said: “Our target for the year was to have 30% positive outcomes – that is people who have reached their required stage of recovery and no longer need our support. We are currently recording a 52% success rate for this year, which has been our busiest since we arrived in Dumfries and Galloway in 2006.”
Hugh concluded: “At Addaction we believe that effective treatment needs to be tailored to the individual. Our overarching aim is to put service users in charge of their lives.
“Each person needs caring and committed support as they move forward step by step. I am delighted that in the last year we have been able to help more people than ever in Dumfries and Galloway.”