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Posted on: 10th June 2011

Recovery Month: New treatment centre opens in Ipswich town centre

Open Road, the leading drug and alcohol treatment charity, recently commenced contracts in Suffolk to provide support and treatment to people with drug and alcohol dependencies.

Friday, 3rd June 2011, saw the official launch of the new Open Road Treatment Centre in Princes Street, Ipswich. Dr Amanda Jones, Deputy Director of Public Health, NHS Suffolk and guest of honour officially opened the centre at 12.00pm. Following on, staff and volunteers were offered tours and provided information about our services.

Open Road’s approach is very much holistic; combining traditional counselling and structured support with complementary and cognitive therapy, making Open Road unique in the region. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to welcome visitors and tell them lots more about the services on offer.

The opening of the Ipswich Centre is one of three new centres in Suffolk; the other two are in central locations in Bury and Lowestoft.

Sarah Wright, CEO says: ‘We are very excited to be now working in Suffolk. We are already building a good network of contacts with other organisations who support our clients and their families in other ways, with housing, relationships, health, debt or other problems. We are keen to build on our track record in Essex and to make sure we form very good relationships with our new partners and service users in the Suffolk community. The launches of our Suffolk centres mark an important first step in achieving these aims.’

Open Road Ipswich provides structured day care programmes with the aim of helping clients and their families on the road to recovery. ‘We offer individual attention, confidentiality, trust and above all hope for the future.’ Says Sarah, ‘This has been our guiding principle for over 20 years and continues to be effective for the vast majority of our clients.’

A former service user in Ipswich and current Open Road volunteer added: ‘My confidence was at an all time low and my anger was uncontrollable. With the support I received I am now calm, relaxed and I have regained my confidence.Open Road has helped me start an NVQ Level 3 in Advice and Guidance which I am on the road to successfully completing, hopefully in the next year.”

All three Suffolk launches are taking place in ‘Recovery Month’ – a regional initiative to promote the many organisations across the Eastern Region that support people struggling with addictions. Look out for other Recovery Month events happening across the region.