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Prime Minister Pledges to Maintain Funding to Drug and Alchohol Rehab Services

Published: 18th February 2015 17:58

 Prime Minister David Cameron chats to Richard Johnson
along with Libby Reid and Flick Drummond
Yesterday in Portsmouth, David Cameron was asked whether the amount spent on access to residential rehab for addictions would be continued. Replying, the Prime Minister stated that he was ' committed to funding residential, abstinence-based rehabilitation, difficult though it may be in the current climate. Rather than maintaining people on substitutes like methadone, we have to help more people get off drugs and into work'.

The question came from Richard Johnson, CEO of Portsmouth-based ANA Treatment Centres which was hailed last week by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling on another ministerial visit to the South Coast.

Mr Johnson said afterwards, 'This is welcome news, at a time off cuts, it is important to keep investment in residential programmes which actually save money, and more importantly, turn lives around'.

'Last year, 78% of people that came to ANA left free from drugs and alcohol. This is far in excess of national average of less than 11% in mainstream services'

Mr Johnson added, 'we treat the person in the real world, so that means people have a better chance of staying clean and sober when they leave. Part of the programme is working towards employment - for many it's about giving something back and paying their way'.

ANA founder, Libby Reid, herself in long-term recovery from alcoholism said 'it's great to hear senior politicians acknowledge the power of what we do. Everyone should be given the chance to get their life back on track. It's also really good for Portsmouth to be acknowledged as a national leader in the field of addiction recovery - we can show the rest of the country how it's done'.

The news comes as the Government announced the expansion of Family Drug and Alcohol Courts. The courts include treatment with the aim of keeping families together and preventing children being taken into care.

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