Homes for Drug Addicts

 
MORE than a quarter-of-a-million pounds has been allocated to establish eight homes for drug addicts that will be linked to a rehabilitation hub.
 
The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) has announced it has set aside £280,000 to remodel housing stock in the central and southern areas of Hartlepool to be used by drug users. The eight units, aimed at supporting addicts in the community, will be linked to a "recovery house" that will help people on drug rehabilitation programmes.
 
Bosses at the agency say the project, backed by the Hartlepool Partnership, will mean users will not have to leave the area to seek housing and recovery support. The location for the homes has still to be revealed. People are expected to spend between six months and a year at the units, with follow-on housing provided by Housing Hartlepool and accredited landlords. 
 
NTA director of delivery, Rosanna O'Connor, said the funding demonstrates the Government's commitment to a rapid transformation of the treatment system to promote sustained recovery and get more people off illegal drugs for good.
 
She added: "Treatment enables addicts to turn round their lives, overcome their dependency and achieve abstinence, while also cutting drug-fuelled crime and reducing the health risks to communities. 
 
"The NTA remains determined to provide a balanced treatment system in which clients move as quickly and safely as possible through treatment to recovery and reintegration into their local community.
 
"Recovery from addiction can and should be happening in a range of environments, in local communities as well as in prisons.  "The community, voluntary and health sectors all have a role to play in focusing treatment provision on recovery.
 
"Local NTA support teams will be working with the successful projects to ensure the funding is spent as efficiently as possible to enable more drug users to overcome addiction."
 
The support programme available from the "recovery house" will consist of community treatment linked to structured programmes of activity, learning and training. These will focus on recovery and reintegration into society. A total of £8m has been allocated to Hartlepool and 123 similar UK projects taking place in community, residential and prison settings.