New substance misuse service launched

People across Barnsley who are affected by drug and alcohol misuse can seek support through a new service which will launch on 1 April 2017.

Barnsley Council has recently commissioned northern charity DISC to provide substance misuse service aimed at prevention and recovery from drug and alcohol misuse, with a greater focus on reducing the harm caused to families and the local community.

The service, named ‘Barnsley Recovery Steps’, will provide an innovative approach to the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction with a tailored programme to help people to overcome their addictions. Group work, one to one intervention, mutual aid and innovative peer led support will form the basis of the service. The programme will support those who have previously failed recovery, making sure people are given every chance to become drug and alcohol free.

Barnsley Recovery Steps will offer a fast-track approach to recovery which will include detox at the earliest possible stage. Partnership working with Northern College will also give people in recovery the opportunity to take part in volunteer and apprentice programmes.

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: “We’re committed to supporting people and their families/carers, to live their lives free from alcohol and drugs. We’re pleased to be working alongside DISC to make sure that people get the right support at the right time in order to overcome their drug and alcohol issues.

“It’s important to stress we’ll continue to work with partners and current providers during this period of transition to make sure we can offer good quality support services for the people who need it.”

Emily Todd, DISC’s Assistant Director for Service Development Substance Misuse, said “Delivery of outstanding services that are embedded in communities is at the heart of what we do. We’re looking forward to working with Barnsley Council, with stakeholders and partners, and most importantly with the people that use our services, to deliver an innovative and person centred service. DISC has experience in delivering peer led recovery models, where people support each other to achieve their goals, and alongside a range of other interventions, these will enable us to deliver a first class service for the people of Barnsley.

“Service user and stakeholder involvement is at the heart of what we do, and we will be looking to consult and meet with as many people as possible over the coming weeks and months, to further shape and develop our service offer to meet the needs of local people, families and communities.”

To contact Barnsley Recovery Steps please call 01226 779066 or visit for more information.

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