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Addicts get skills help

PUBLISHED: 18:34 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 24 August 2010

Andrea Pejovski 
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by Will Davies A new project has been launched to rejuvenate the lives of drug addicts and alcoholics. Addaction, Britain s largest specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity, has launched a new education, training and employment proje

by Will Davies

A new project has been launched to rejuvenate the lives of drug addicts and alcoholics.

Addaction, Britain's largest specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity, has launched a new education, training and employment project at its base in Willesden Green.

Those struggling with addiction will be taught the necessary skills to access training, get back into meaningful employment, and regain their independence and self-confidence.

At the project's launch on Monday, Brent Addaction's new employment and training worker, Andrea Pejovfski, said: "Many drug and alcohol users suffer from low self-esteem, and this is one of the major barriers to making long-term progress.

"They need time and help to increase their confidence, and whilst the ideal with all clients is to move them out of the treatment setting, many are not yet at this stage.

"This is the reason for offering this project within an existing Addaction service, as part of a programme of treatment and support, rather than referring clients onto another external agency."

The Home Office's new drug strategy 2008 provides a radical new focus on services to help drug users re-establish their lives.

It encourages treatment agencies, Jobcentres and housing advisers to work together, to plan and manage an addict's journey through treatment and into work.

One client said: "I don't want to just sit around and talk in groups about my problems - I want to get on and do things. These classes are great, and they've helped increase my confidence."

Another said: "When I came to Addaction, I didn't have a clue where I was going, or what I was going to do after. But once I stopped using, the things the workers were telling me started to make sense, and doing these classes is really helping me"

The project, and Miss Pejovfski's post, is funded by Barclay's Bank.

For more information, visit www.addaction.org.uk or call 020 251 5890.

w.davies@archant.co.uk


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