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Specialist drug and alcohol recovery unit for young people

06 May 2015

A specialist drug and alcohol recovery unit for young people and families in Cornwall is to be built at Bosence Farm thanks to a Public Health England grant of £438,000. The facility will be the only unit in the county to offer residential assessment, stabilisation and detox to young people and those with families facing drug and/or alcohol dependency, and will be delivered in partnership with the Drug and Alcohol Action Team at Cornwall Council.

Bosence Farm Community are also contributing a further £100,000 to build the centre, which will sit alongside their other two units, Boswyns, a medically-supported drug and alcohol detoxification service, and Bosence, a residential rehabilitation centre for people recovering from addiction.

Kate Cook, Bosence Farm’s CEO explains the impact the centre will have; “we know that there is a significant barrier to people in need taking up residential support because of concern for their children’s well-being if their parents need treatment, and that the seriousness of their problems may mean they lose custody altogether.   There is also no residential provision in Cornwall for young people under 18 who have problems with drugs and alcohol.  This third centre will mean that we can help families and individuals with complex needs right here in Cornwall, and significantly improve the outcomes; all the current research shows that it is better for those needing treatment to get it closer to their homes and wider support networks.  It also has the wider community benefit that this should be much better value for money all round.”

The scheme will be delivered jointly by Bosence Farm Community and the Drug and Alcohol Action Team, and the service will be provided in partnership with a number of local organisations, including Addaction (a charity that provides all the advice, information and support in the community in Cornwall), YZUP, and Children and Families Services.

Kate continues; “We want to see a society where every person suffering from drug and alcohol problems can receive high quality treatment and support to meet their needs, and help them become fulfilled and productive members of their community. This facility will mean that we can take a step closer to this vision.”

Construction of the centre is due to start in November with completion expected in May 2016.


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