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A7(a). Community Actions to Tackle Alcohol Harms
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 29 April, 2013
Please describe how you have supported local community activity to tackle alcohol's social and health harms, over the last year.
Throughout 2012 and into 2013 HNE delivered a structured Recovery Awareness Programme (RAP) to provide therapeutic and practical support to those individuals experiencing alcohol addiction and wishing to work towards recovery. This 12 week programme provides participants with an introduction and awareness of universal recovery principles and provides opportunities for the individual to acquire new skills, meet new people. This program provides places for up to 20 people every 12 weeks. It is our intention to expand the delivery of these programs throughout 2013 into community venues throughout Middlesbrough.
HNE also links service users into local fellowships/mutual aid groups (such as Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous.
In addition, HNE and our Service User Recovery Group has worked closely with Balance – the North East Alcohol Office to support the introduction of minimum alcohol pricing.
Our service users, peer mentors and volunteers have also taken part in Tees Better Health at Work Mentoring Day on 6th September 2012 and lead a workshop specifically upon substance misuse, alcohol and the support available to those seeking help and support within the workplace and beyond.
HNE has also provided residential supported accommodation to homeless prison leavers who have experienced drug/ alcohol issues. We continue to raise awareness of the services to support those who want to stop or reduce their alcohol intake.
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