A new integrated service to help adults recover from drug and alcohol misuse in South Tyneside launched on April 2nd.
North-East based charity DISC is leading a new partnership with Spectrum Community Health CIC to provide the South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service. It will be based at Cookson House on River Drive, in South Shields and will link with doctors’ surgeries and local pharmacies across the South Tyneside area.
Rachel Nicholson, Senior Advanced Public Health Practitioner at South Tyneside Council, said: “South Tyneside Council is excited for the launch of South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service, which will be provided by DISC and Spectrum. The new service will provide free, confidential advice, support and information to anyone impacted by their own or someone else’s alcohol or drug use.
“We are confident that with their highly skilled, experienced team of workers and new, fully refurbished premises that our residents will be able to access high quality, innovative support at the right place and time.”
Ted Haughey, DISC’s Executive Director of Operations, North East and North Yorkshire, said: “We are absolutely delighted to lead this high profile and innovative new service for South Tyneside Council and the people of the area. “DISC is a highly experienced organisation and we bring innovation, flexibility and a professional caring ethos that we are sure will make a real difference in the area.”
Mr Haughey said the organisation already ran drug and alcohol misuse services in neighbouring County Durham, with Spectrum. DISC also runs similar high profile recovery services in Sunderland, North Yorkshire, Leeds, Barnsley and the Halifax area.
Dr Linda Harris, Chief Executive at Spectrum Community Health CIC, said, “Spectrum is delighted to begin delivering a new recovery service for the people of South Tyneside, where we will be working in close partnership with the lead provider DISC. This new partnership builds on our commitment to excellence in substance misuse and extends our reach in the North East region, where we are looking forward to working with local communities and delivering tailored, patient-led care.”
From 3rd April, anyone with an issue around drug or alcohol misuse in South Tyneside can contact the South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service on 0191 917 160 to discuss recovery options.