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Community / More support available for people worried about alcohol or drug use

EXTRA support is now on hand for anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s alcohol or drug use.

The new recovery hub is based in Lerwick, but it will be working in support of people right across Shetland.

The new alcohol recovery hub in Pitt Lane.

The hub’s focus is on giving people the opportunity to work together to minimise the harm caused by drug and alcohol use, the council said.

One element of the service in the future will be the chance to drop by the hub’s offices in Pitt Lane for a chat regarding the support available.

That isn’t possible at the moment due to current restrictions, but project manager Amanda Pearson is available by phone or email for anyone who is seeking support.

“It is important that anyone who comes forward looking for support is treated with care and respect,” she said.

“The hub’s aim is to give people the tools they need, supported by other agencies and the community’s own network, to minimise the harm they may be facing, and to get the right help at the right time.

“It is important that we all come together to recognise the stigma and harm which is all too often experienced by people who use alcohol or other drugs. Everyone has strengths and gifts which can be supported and built on to benefit the whole community.”

The service is being funded by money from an additional £20 million the Scottish Government has pledged to reduce alcohol and drug-related harm across the country.

Before the creation of the hub people affected by alcohol or drugs would be directed to NHS Shetland’s substance misuse recovery service. The new service, however, will offer a wider range of support outside of the NHS.

To contact the hub, call 01595 744402 or email recoveryhub@shetland.gov.uk