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#Alcohol misuse a “worsening” problem – do you know where to find help in Warwickshire?

WDAAT LOGO MASTERAccording to a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the misuse of alcohol has become a “serious and worsening public health problem,” with more than 5,000 deaths every year (in each of the last 10 years) in England and Wales attributable to the effects of harmful drinking.

“Excessive alcohol consumption is a major cause of preventable premature death, accounting for 1.4% of all deaths registered in England and Wales in 2012,” the study went on.

The report comes as new data for 2012, released today, shows a slight drop in the number of alcohol-related deaths across the whole of the UK.

In Warwickshire, the Drug & Alcohol Action team commission Compass Warwickshire to provide treatment services for under-18s and The Recovery Partnership to provide treatment services for over-18s.

The number of clients in effective drug treatment in during 2012/13 was 1,096 in total. This treatment attends to multiple and individual needs of the client, not just their drug use.

To be effective, treatment must address the individual’s drug abuse and any associated medical, psychological, social, vocational and legal problems. Treatment should also be suitable to the client’s age, gender, ethnicity and culture.

Out of the 1,096 clients who received effective drug treatment in Warwickshire for 2012/13 there were:
108 clients who completed their drug treatment successfully
610 clients sustaining recovery rates for successful completions
65 clients entering sustained recovery
592 clients receiving sustained recovery benefits

(Figures provided by Warwickshire Observatory)

The ultimate goal for treatment is to restore individuals back to productive functioning in the family, workplace and community.

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