Addictions UK are alarmed that almost £2 million  will be axed from Merseyside’s addiction treatment services – despite Liverpool being named England’s drug abuse capital.

Liverpool clinical commissioning group (CCG), which has an £855 million annual budget for healthcare in the city, announced it will stop giving mental health trust Mersey Care £1.9 million a year for addiction services from 2018.  Last month, it was revealed how Liverpool had the highest rate in England of people taken to hospital with drug-related mental health or behavioural problems.

Simon Stephens, Addictions UK Director of Case Work said “These Cuts are a blow for Merseyside and the third sector agencies operating in that Authority and it will prove to be a false economy ‘

Why is Liverpool the drug abuse capital of England?  
Mersey Care’s chief executive Joe Rafferty accused NHS chiefs of stigmatising the mentally ill.  In a board meeting, Mr Rafferty said he saw the move as “opportunistic cost-cutting and demonstrated the ongoing stigma in respect of mental health and addiction services”.
The CCG says changes in the law mean it is now Liverpool council’s responsibility to pay for addiction treatment in the city.  But public sector union Unison says the CCG and council should “stop squabbling and make sure that the funding is made available to continue this essential service”.
The union says 96 Mersey Care employees work in addiction treatment, helping more than 1,000 drug and alcohol addicts get clean and rebuild their lives.  Amanda Gregory, Unison’s Liverpool branch secretary, said: “To cut the addictions service would be a false economy.  “If the service were not available, it would cause unnecessary suffering for our service users and will create more pressures on A&Es  “It would be damaging to Liverpool if this high-quality NHS service was lost.  “Unison will support our members through this worrying and uncertain time.  “Liverpool CCG and the city council need to stop squabbling and make sure that the funding is made available to continue this essential service.”

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There were 278 people taken to hospital in the city in 2014/15 with drug-related mental health or behavioural problems.

This is equivalent to 58 people per 100,000 residents – the highest rate in England.  The total included 198 men and 80 women.  And there were 228 people in Liverpool taken to hospital after suffering poisoning from illegal drugs in 2014/15, the most recent year for which figures are available.

Mersey Care receives £4.6 million a year for addiction services from Liverpool Council as well as £1.9 million from the CCG. – But the CCG says the council should now pick up the whole bill…. Mersey Care has called for negotiations with NHS dispute resolution experts.. A Liverpool CCG spokesman said: “In 2013, responsibility for commissioning addiction services moved from the NHS to local authorities.  “To help with this transition, the CCG agreed that it would provide extra funding for these services on a temporary basis.  “This will come to an end in 2018, however, mental health is a key priority for the CCG and we will continue to offer support to both Liverpool city council and Mersey Care to improve services for local people.”

Addictions UK works extensively in the North West of England including Greater Manchester and Merseyside conducting Home-based Addictions Treatment and Home Medical Detox services.  For further information contact us on freephone 0800 1 40 40 44 or or by e-mail


The importance of training and workplace development through further study is vital in the modern age.  Not least for people in recovery from addiction.  All the available research suggests that if recovering addicts stop working on their recovery then they are more likely to relapse.

Simon Stephens, Addictions UK Director of Case Work, is now seventeen years clean and sober.  He has worked extremely hard in his current position and we are delighted that he has just been awarded “Senior Counsellor Accredited Status” by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

In 2015 Simon completed his Honours Degree in Psychology through the Open University and he continues his academic study alongside his day to day work functions.

The most important form of training can be to build on life experiences and Simon Stephens often says that his most important qualification has been the gift of recovery.

Keep it up Simon – you have achieved so much – all by working “One Day At A Time”

Addictions UK is a leading provider of Home-based Addictions Treatment and Home Medical Detox Services.  We have been established since 2003 and our representaives are all trained to he standards of their profession.  WE may be contacted by telephone 0800 1 40 40 44 or through our website  E-mail messages may be sent to us at


Helping employees with addictions

Issues that relate to alcohol cost employers with 200 staff around £38,000 through absence and performance issues according to psychiatrist Dr Adam Winstock referring to figures from the Global Drugs Survey.

Employers are facing bigger bills especially in Employment Tribunals if they have a lack of clarity or unclear and contradictory policies.

Speaking at the Synergy health Drugs at Work Conference in Surrey a specialist lawyer, Rhian Brace said that Judges take this issue very seriously when considering unfair dismissal claims.

Simon Stephens, Director of Case Work at Addictions UK agreed and confirmed that this is a major problem for a significant number of his clients. He said “we welcome clear policies on drug and alcohol issues in the work place – happily many responsible employers have co-operated with us to treat their employees – others have often had non-existent policies which lead to major problems for all parties”

Addictions UK offers a range of services to help employers to deal with these challenges.

Dr Adam Winstock said “Employers have a duty of care for their staff and for the wider community. We find a lot of employers want strong drug and alcohol policies not just to reduce costs and workplace accidents but out of a sense of responsibility for their staff”.

Addictions UK receives referrals from HR Departments and Lawyers from all parts of the United Kingdom relating to home-based treatment for alcohol and drug addictions.

For further information contact us now on line or telephone 0300 330 30 40.

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Don’t worry about being the best – being better is an achievement

Celebrate Each Victory, However Small – We are bombarded with claims that only the best is any good. You’ve heard them all … “Coming second is first of the losers” … “Either you are first or you are nowhere” … and so on.

It’s all vanity and arrogance.

If a junior doctor saves my life, I don’t care if he was top of his class.

If you make a real improvement in your life or a real contribution to the good of others, then it is those who cannot value it that deserve scorn, not you.

It is especially important for those who are in recovery to gain strength and satisfaction from what they achieve. Your life may not move forward as fast as you would like. You may have setbacks. But anyone who makes any progress at anything should feel good about it.

It’s really important to have goals and to aim for the best all the time. But it’s equally important that those goals are realistic and that we value every successful step toward them, even when the steps are small or others leap further.

Many of the world’s famous leaders have paid too high a price for their success and often what they spent was the lives and happiness of others. Often it brought them little contentment, only the desperation to find “new worlds to conquer”.

Humanity survives not because a few are best but because the many do some good.

Please contact us now if you need help with recovery from any addiction and especially if you are seeking home-based treatment.
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Best wishes for 2016

Happy New Year! – It’s New Year!

Often our resolutions and renewal are founded on leaving the past behind and making a completely fresh start.

Sometimes that really is the best way forward but more often we need to accept that our past will always be a part of our future and each new journey begins where we already are.

The New Year may offer a blank canvass but you will paint on it with the skills and materials you have already as well as new ones you can acquire.

A realistic approach to your New Years Resolutions may be to consider not just what you need to leave behind you what you can carry with you, renewed, refreshed, reapplied.

Happy New Year!

Please contact us now if you need help with recovery from any addiction and especially if you are seeking home-based treatment.
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May you find Joy and Peace

It’s Christmas.

You may believe in God and that he entered this world at Bethlehem to experience humanity and redeem it.

Even those who don’t can usually embrace the messages of peace and hope that surround this season.

Those addicted to alcohol or drugs or anything else long for peace in their lives. And it is possible to find it through making a new start on the path to recovery.

Those on that road already can affirm that there is hope. It may be fragile at times, it can sometimes become hidden, but we soon realise it is never lost and things can be good again.

Christmas is the “Season of Goodwill”. Through hope and your efforts, good will come to you.

For you and your family and friends may this be a Happy Christmas.
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Sometimes turning away from the past altogether is the only path to the future

There is a common teaching in religious traditions that advocates renouncing everything into order to focus on spiritual progress.

The thinking is that everything worldly is a distraction and self denial and abstinence removes everything between us and the real truth, the ultimate reality (whether that is seen as God or something more abstract and less personal).

All this parallels what every recovering addict knows: that alcohol, drugs or the process that obsessed us and dominated our life has to be set aside so that we have room to grow.

The abandoning of worldly distraction seems an impossible burden to accept but often those who have embraced that sort of asceticism claim it is liberating, and that it is possessions and ambition that stifle growth, not simple living.

Now extreme self-denial is probably not the right path for the majority of us. But when the Twelve Steps and other methods ask us to make careful inventories of our character and lifestyle, we are being invited to weed out the overgrowth and surplus and “get back to basics” in our lives. Even a little pruning lets in the light and makes room for growth.

Most of us would probably say that we know that a giving up everything and making a fresh start is an appealing ideal but something way beyond practicality. The fact remains that, even in more modest ways, the more we can give up, the more we will gain.

Please contact us now if you need help with recovery from any addiction and especially if you are seeking home-based treatment.

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