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More than 350 prisoners sign up to drug and alcohol project
12:00pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
MORE than 350 prisoners at Risley Prison have signed up to a project to help kick their drug and alcohol addictions.
Staff and prisoners took part in a series of activities at the prison on Warrington Road which promoted recovery.
The council’s drug and alcohol action team worked alongside the prison and the CRI, who is responsible for delivering an integrated substance misuse treatment service in prisons, to organise the event.
It is hoped the scheme will provide a support system for prisoners while they serve their sentence and provide them with links to people and groups who can support them on the outside.
Shirley Riley, deputy director for CRI said: “Our ambition for Warrington prisons was to create equitable services to those offered in the community that enable recovery, the only difference being the wall.
“While it is still early days, we are really pleased with the progress being made.
“It was great to see individuals who had turned their lives acting as positive role models and sharing their experiences with the prisoners, inspiring them to make positive steps to change.”
Former prisoner, John Swannack, who has been through the programme, believes it has helped him to move on with his life since leaving prison.
Mr Swannack, who served a life sentence, suffered with a drug and alcohol addiction but, with the help of the programme, has been able to leave his problems behind him.
The 51-year-old said: “The support I have received it was has really helped. The people I have met have been supportive - they have acted like a family.
“I could have felt isolated when I left prison but the support I had meant that I could grow and develop.”
Clr Pat Wright, executive board member for health, wellbeing and adult services at the council, visited the event which took place on Thursday.
Clr Wright said: “There is some fantastic work being carried out. The DAAT and CRI work closely together to support and help people beat their addictions and are committed to delivering valuable services which can help turn lives around.”
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