Help is at hand for Silhillians affected by addiction this Christmas - The Solihull Observer

Help is at hand for Silhillians affected by addiction this Christmas

Solihull Editorial 9th Dec, 2023   0

SILHILLIANS struggling with alcohol addiction can get support this Christmas and New Year, thanks to a new social media campaign.

Solihull Integrated Addiction Service (SIAS) will be using Facebook, LinkedIn, X and Instagram to spread awareness of the help available to those living in the borough affected by addiction.

The campaign was launched on December 1 by SIAS – a partnership of organisations including Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT), Welcome, Aquarius, Changes UK, Urban Heard.

It was commissioned by Solihull Council to ensure that people affected by alcohol, drug or gambling addictions know how to get the help they need.

The campaign will include how to access help and advice, useful tips, and stories of hope like Mark Poole’s.

The Solihull resident transformed his life with support from SIAS after battling substance misuse since he was just 12 years old.

He said: “It’s amazing how much your mind can clear, even by talking. Just remember there is help out there if you want it, and there’s always hope, no matter how dark things may seem.”

BSMHFT say there are around 1,000 adults across Solihull who are receiving support for their addiction and approximately half of those are struggling with alcohol addiction.

Those leading SIAS say that alcohol misuse can lead to feelings of loneliness, shame and guilt and can impact anyone of any age, in any circumstance.

Simon Glover, quality lead at SIAS, said: “While Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are a joyous time for many, we know that for someone recovering from an alcohol addiction, this time of year can be challenging.

“Alcohol consumption is at its highest across the festive period. With temptation at every corner, it can cause relapse for many. Pressurised family gatherings, or perhaps lack of can be triggering for a lot of people.”

Solihull residents and their families are encouraged to get in touch with SIAS if they or a loved one is struggling with addiction this Christmas, New Year and beyond. For more on the resources available see SIAS’ webpage.


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