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 ‘

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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


Your Questions
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Detox can be arranged as part of your Home-based Recovery Process. We detox1offer a choice of detox, including residential options, which is affordable, effective and confidential.

  • Home-based detox services managed by doctors and nurses.
  • Residential detox, offered by several providers here in the UK
  • Confidential treatment outside this country.
  • A range of additional support services, customised to meet each client’s individual requirements.
  • Fees for privately arranged Detox services must be paid in advance.

If you have discussed Detox with one of our staff and need treatment to begin urgently, please complete our Medical Assessment Questionnaire.

You will also need to complete, as appropriate, the MAST Questionnaire about your alcohol use or the DAST Assessment about your use of drugs.

Home-based Detox Service

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Home-based Detox offers an excellent alternative to treatment in a residential centre and, under medical supervision to suit your needs, provides a safe way to clear alcohol or drugs from your body.

This confidential, effective and affordable treatment will normally last between seven and ten days.


The Benefits of our Home-based Detox

  • Prompt: Our appointed doctor can normally visit consult with you within two working days at a time that suits you both. In some parts of the UK it may take a day or two more to fit in your appointment.
  • Healthy: A Doctor or Prescribing Nurse will make an assessment and, whenever appropriate, will prescribe medicines to help your body adjust to being without alcohol or drugs. This treatment avoids the sudden changes which can bring on seizures or fits and will help you avoid the discomfort and anxiety of “cold turkey” reactions. Your system will steadily re-balance as the medication is gradually reduced but, at the start, you will be given a strong sedative and something to help you sleep.
  • Convenient: Unlike signing in for treatment in a clinic which isolates you from your normal pattern of life; home-based treatment allows you to carry on with many of your regular activities.
  • Affordable: The cost of residential treatment is obviously much higher than living at home through your detox, even if you require additional support.
  • Discreet: You may worry about the possible effect on your career by going away for treatment; you may fear what might happen to your family or social life. Being treated in your home ensures confidentiality. It may not be necessary even to inform your GP.
  • Supported: After the initial prescribing consultation, our 24/7 helpline is available to deal with any urgent questions or any complications you need to report. You will also need help from a skilled therapist to help you remain free from addiction. Our programme includes the first month of ongoing support to help you avoid addiction in future.
  • On-going: We have a range of coaching services which can also continue to support you and, where appropriate, your family and friends, including through our 24/7 helpline.

Detox is not a cure. You will need continuing care. Find out more or contact us now.

When Home-based detox is not appropriate, we can assist in arranging Residential Detox.

Addictions UK does not contribute any personal information or statistics in any form to the National Treatment Agency or other Addiction Databases

Addictions Recovery at Home

Addictions UK was established by a group of recovering addicts, alcoholics and carers in 2002. Our aim and purpose is to bring recovery to others, especially by means of home-based treatment..

All our programmes are abstinence-based. Most do not require residential rehabilitation and so allow clients to continue their usual activities while finding the route to normal living. The range of our services is very wide and does include arrangements for Residential Rehab for clients to whom we recommend it. We also offer other opportunities for recovery and growth such as learning and spiritual journeys overseas.


Our Work

Addictions UK is run by recovering addicts with good clean time. All treatment and support staff are also recovering addicts with excellent clean time. This helps us to remain client focused – offering shared hope, strength and experience.

We work to support Families, Friends and Carers as well as working with addicts. Our “Families and Friends” support team all have active experience of addiction within their own families.

Our programmes are made affordable to all through a variety of finance schemes including some available to clients who are unwaged or unemployed.

We continue to work and actively market our services to Public Sector organisations, Occupation Health Groups, Insurance Companies, Employers and Self Funding individuals. Our work is monitored and evaluated by local academics and we are accredited with both Public Sector Organisations and Insurance Companies.

Our staff members are located throughout the UK and in associate projects abroad.

For Detox at Home and Addiction Treatment we use medically qualified staff, supported by accredited councillors and psychotherapists.

We are committed to serving our clients and respecting their wellbeing in every way.

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