Recovering drug and alcohol addicts tell police commissioner how service is helping them beat their demons
RECOVERING alcoholics and drug addicts have opened up about their experiences to the police and crime commissioner.
Tony Lloyd and his deputy, Jim Battle, paid a visit to Bolton Integrated Drug and Alcohol Service (BIDAS) in Gas Street, Bolton, to see what users thought of the help they are receiving.
One man told Mr Lloyd and Mr Battle that the help he had been receiving had “given him light at the end of the tunnel”.
The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: “I had a good job but I had a secret life where I had a secret habit.
“It came out when I was arrested around six years ago and I got help, but last year I had a couple of deaths to deal with and I lost my job.
“When you are using drugs you forget how to interact with society. I slipped back into my old patterns due to the deaths and other pressures.
“Getting help makes you realise that you aren’t alone and you can see some light at the end of the tunnel.”
The men who spoke to Mr Lloyd and Mr Battle had been attending routes to recovery sessions to help them get off drugs or alcohol.
Another man said he had received support from other services in different areas across the country but praised Bolton’s drug and alcohol service as being the best as he did not have to wait long for support.
Mr Battle said: “The impression from the people is that the project is something that is unique, something that is regarded by them as something that is needed and I was impressed at the speed at which people could access the service. Staff motivation and drive was very strong.”
People can refer themselves to BIDAS, be referred by medical professionals, by a family member or through the courts.
Mr Lloyd and Mr Battle said they would pay the service another visit in the future.
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