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New drug and alcohol recovery programme starts this month

5 July 2016

Individuals on probation will receive extra support to reduce their substance misuse with the eventual goal of recovery on our new Accredited Programme, Building Skills for Recovery.

The programme starts in Kent in July and West Sussex in August.

It will help individuals to create their own personal toolkit aimed at reducing their alcohol and/or drug use.

People on the programme will also receive support to improve their employability, health and well-being.

Carl Hall, our Head of Service of Programmes, said: ‘We know many people who commit crimes report that they have consumed alcohol or taken drugs at or around the time they’ve committed an offence. This programme will help us to reduce reoffending by individuals, by giving them support to address their substance misuse while addressing their offending behaviour.’ 

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The help of volunteer David

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