Addiction and Substance Misuse Support

St Petrocs provide addiction and substance misuse support through Freshfield, a drug and alcohol counselling and helpline service.

A key element of this provision is the telephone helpline which is used by people using drugs or alcohol, concerned family members and friends of those with substance misuse issues, and professionals involved in the care of people using drugs and alcohol.

The majority of callers seek support as they struggle to manage their situations. Many do not feel able to talk to family members and friends who may have only a limited understanding of the issues involved. The helpline workers not only provide an impartial listening ear but are also able to fully understand and appreciate the many and complex factors that influence drug and alcohol use and addiction. This combination of support and understanding helps to give callers the confidence to begin coming up with strategies for addressing their problems.

The Freshfield counselling service responds to the specific and particular needs of each individual client rather than following a “one size fits all” approach. Clients can access long or short-term counselling, come to understand how past issues have brought about their current situations, receive support during their recovery and plan for their futures.

Clients for the counselling service can self-refer, be referred by social workers, GPs or other agencies. Many of the referrals come from concerned family members who have been affected by their relative’s behaviour and addiction.

For more information and help

Call 01872 241952