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Turning Point Scotland develop their harm reduction services in Glasgow

Turning Point Scotland has enhanced two of their alcohol and other drug services within the Glasgow area. These improved services aim to reduce the number of drug related fatalities through harm reduction treatment.

Both services have been relaunched using a refreshed integrated health and social care model that will look after both the health and social needs of those it supports. Through medically assisted treatment in safe and monitored residential environments, the services enable people to participate in therapeutic, one to one supports.

Turning Point Scotland Glasgow Alcohol and Drug Crisis Service is an innovative model which integrates the Glasgow Drugs Crisis Centre and Glasgow Homelessness Service on a single site. The service has evolved to include beds for 20 residents and has also expanded its repertoire to work with people who live with problematic alcohol and drug use in the one location. The service provides person centred and flexible services to some of Glasgow’s most vulnerable individuals whilst they are in critical need.  It offers both residential and non-residential responses.

Turning Point Scotland Glasgow Alcohol and Drug Recovery Residential Stabilisation service has moved location and now includes 16 beds to support individuals with a primary focus of stabilising their alcohol and drug use. During this period, Turning Point Scotland will help individuals re-engage with their respective communities. The stabilisation service now has new enlarged premises which will offer a more suitable therapeutic environment.

During this period of stabilisation, individuals will be supported to achieve positive outcomes and develop skills, such as resilience, and improve confidence, in order to maintain stability and facilitate effective integration back into the community.

Patricia Tracey, Head of Alcohol and Other Drug services at Turning Point Scotland said: “We are committed to helping people using approaches which aim to reduce harm and place safety at the forefront of care delivery. We are passionate about encouraging citizens who use the service to improve and maintain relationships with family, friends and communities whilst building a firm sense of belonging that ultimately, will assist in lowering the number of drug related deaths within Scotland.”

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