Enable drug and alcohol service celebrates one year anniversary in Enfield

The Enable drug and alcohol service in Enfield hosted an open afternoon on 7th June 2018 to celebrate its one year anniversary. Enable is a free and confidential service offering recovery focused advice, information, and structured treatment to adults in Enfield who face problems with drugs or alcohol.

The event was well attended by practitioners, service users, and partners who gathered to listen to a number of speakers, visit information stalls and receive complimentary therapy treatments.

The event marked one year of partnership between Blenheim and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH).

Andy Graham, Interim Chief Executive of BEH said:

“The service was launched in partnership between Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and Blenheim (a charity over fifty years of experience providing drug and alcohol recovery services) in 2017.

This has been an incredible first year with over 900 local people entering treatment. It was incredibly moving to talk to service users about the difference that this had made to them and their families. I was also delighted to be able to recognise the superb job that our staff have being doing in providing this important service and the partnership between the NHS and Blenheim as a partner.

Sharon Daughter, Blenheim’s Director of Services, said:

“Blenheim and BEH have been working together for over 10 years and the partnership is successful as we bring together the Trust’s clinical expertise and Blenheim’s experience of working with disenfranchised people.

Enable works to make an impact that not only improves the health of the individual, but has a lasting positive impact on the wellbeing of their families, friends and the communities in which they live ”

The afternoon also gave practitioners an opportunity to hear the first- hand experience of Enable’s service users. A recovering service user, spoke movingly about her experience with Enable, saying:

“I cannot stress to you enough how beneficial these programmes have been for me in improving my mental health and my quality of life, allowing me to take a step closer to being self-sufficient and emotionally independent.”If you would like to get into contact with Enable, contact 0208 379 6010 or email EDAS@nhs.net.

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