Community Addiction Teams (CATs) in Glasgow have doubled the number of people accessing their services since they were established in 2003/04.
CATs, are a key component of the Glasgow Addiction Service partnership between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow City Council, and are at the forefront of change on how people with a drug or alcohol addiction are offered care and treatment.
They were developed to provide fast access, a single point of contact for addiction services and reduce the need for clients to deal with multiple assessments. This approach has seen the number of people seeking care and treatment double since 2003/04 from approximately 6,000 to over 12,000 during 2007/08.
The teams offer equal access to a comprehensive range of support services including social care services, nursing and medicine. They also work to link individuals recovering from an addiction to education, training or employment.
Neil Hunter, Addictions General Manager, said: “The number of people accessing help and support from the nine teams has risen dramatically over the last four years.
“We don’t just offer treatment but we work to try and get people recovering from an addiction back into some sort of normal like through either education, training or employment.
“We also look at their social circumstances and how we can help them address any issues they may have either with family circumstances, child care/support, housing or care needs.”
“The success of the teams is down to our strong partnership approach, a clear strategy, and a workforce committed to delivering quality care and treatment through integrated working.”
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