Hertfordshire drug and alcohol services announce partnership to help people at all stages of addiction

Published: 16 Oct 2019

Spectrum Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service (part of national health and social care charity Change, Grow, Live), Emerging Futures and The Living Room have partnered to deliver support for people with drug and alcohol issues across Hertfordshire including treatment, housing and aftercare.

The partnership was officially announced at ‘Changing Herts’, a launch event for the three services held on Friday 27 September 2019. Guest speakers included Tim Hutchings, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, and Iain MacBeath, Director of Adult Care Services at Hertfordshire County Council.

All three services are committed to a whole-person approach, where people with drug and alcohol issues will go through a recovery journey starting with harm reduction measures that keep them safe and have access to transitional housing while they are still using drugs or alcohol.

As they move through their recovery journey, they will have access to abstinence-based housing and community rehabilitation to help them achieve long-term recovery.

Expanded support for young people and families will be included, with outreach workers from Spectrum CGL visiting young people in their homes, schools or other community settings to help prevent drug and alcohol issues from escalating. Family and hidden harm practitioners will work with parents and young children to make households emotionally and physically safer.

Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, Tim Hutchings, said: “We are committed to working with our partners and funding services so that we can ensure the young people, adults and families in Hertfordshire who need help receive the right level of swift, professional support.

“We are delighted and excited that these three services have come together in partnership as it will help to provide a more seamless service.”

To find out more about Spectrum CGL, please visit: www.changegrowlive.org/content/spectrum-hertfordshire-drug-alcohol-services-hatfield  

To find out more about Emerging Futures, please visit: www.emergingfutures.org.uk  

To find out more about The Living Room, please visit: www.livingroomherts.org