A new rehabilitation centre based in Swansea held an awards ceremony recently for 35 of its residents who had gained certificates for passing various courses.
The newly refurbished centre has also seen more referrals. Numbers have gone up from 700 to 1,150 in the last year.
The priority of the centre is to give people a practical way out of a lifestyle of abuse and to find confidence to cope with life without drugs or alcohol.
The project’s director, Ifor Glyn, said that the cost of an inquest for someone who has died of drug abuse or the cost of sending someone to prison far outweighs the cost of putting someone through rehab.