AN open day to showcase the work of KCA’s Thurrock drug and alcohol service was a success, with more than 40 professionals coming in to find out more.
KCA’s Vision Thurrock, based in Orsett Road, opened its doors yesterday (Tuesday 20 January) to promote the wide range of services that are available for people with drug and/or alcohol issues. Staff welcomed healthcare professionals, police officers, probation and other practitioners who work within the substance misuse sector, to find out what help and support KCA can offer the people they work with.
Thurrock’s Mayor Steve Liddiard, opened the event with a short speech and could see for himself what work KCA is doing within the community. He welcomed the guests and spoke about how pleased he was that treatment was readily available for the people who need it in the area.
Staff member Mike Jones, a former peer mentor, gave an insight into his former alcohol abuse and how he reached recovery, inspiring the guests to refer or signpost the people they work with who need help and support with substance misuse issues.
As well as a chance to meet fellow colleagues and enjoy finding out more about services in Thurrock, guests also took part in a relaxation session taster and overdose awareness training.
Since opening in April 2014, the service has helped more than 700 people who need help with their substance misuse addiction. People who need help can be referred via their doctor, simply drop in, call 01375 374411 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.