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Health Minister Visits BHT’s Addiction Services

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Dan Poulter and Andy WinterDr Daniel Poulter MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, yesterday visited our Addiction Services

During the visit, he met clients and staff from BHT, as well as staff from the NHS.

The purpose of the visit was to learn more about the work of BHT and the NHS in combating the alcohol and drug problems in Brighton and Hove. Until recently, the city had the highest rate of drug-related deaths in the country.

The centre piece of the Minister’s visit was to hear from two clients of BHT’s Addiction Services.

He also heard from Dr Giles Allen from the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, as well as Blythe Crawford, Manager of BHT’s Addiction Services and Brian Sudway, Manager of the Recovery Project.

Daniel PoulterCommunity projects like Brighton Housing Trust’s addiction service not only help those struggling with addiction to recover – they also ease the pressure on the NHS by reducing demand on hospitals from a very vulnerable group of patients.

I was pleased to see the excellent work here in Brighton, and to hear that long-term rates of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction resulting from an abstinence-based approach to treating addiction remain high.

Dr Daniel Poulter MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health

Andy WinterWhat clients value about our approach is the level of responsibility given to them in the running of the community and the trust we show in their ability to do this. That is the cornerstone for the success of the service.

A focus of our Addiction Services is the role played by current and former residents in delivering the service. This includes ‘Recovery Buddies’; former residents who return to mentor new residents, enhancing the service provided by paid staff.

Andy Winter, BHT Chief Executive

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