A mission to educate people on its work has been undertaken by a Grantham organisation which helps people struggling with addiction.
Addaction is boosting its profile in a bid to not only help more people but also create a better understanding among people who do not use its services.
The first step in the project was to refurbish its premises in High Street, installing signage outside, redecorating rooms and holding an open day.
Jo Finch is the locality manager. She said organisations such as Addaction will see a greater strain on services as the Government makes cuts to budgets which will affect housing and benefits. She fears this will lead to a surge in numbers of service-users.
Addaction does not only help people strugging with drug and alcohol addiction, but also their families and children.
Trained professionals also work specifically with young people to warn of the dangers of following the path to drink and drugs. This is particularly important as legal highs are becoming increasingly popular.
Angela Tullo is a young persons’ drug worker. She said: “Legal drugs are a huge, absolutely massive concern.
“They think they are legal so they must be safe. Young people think it’s sociable to take them.”
Staff work closely with the Probation Service to help offenders with addictions, and housing support is also available.
A nurse works on-site to help with any health problems and to issue prescriptions.