In terms of managing problems of alcohol/substance misuse within the veteran population, whilst treatment services may be aware of veterans amongst their clients, they may not always feel fully competent to both recognise and therefore manage issues arising from previous military service, for example PTSD and poor transitioning.
We are therefore pleased to announce a new joint Care after Combat/Burton Addiction Centre partnership. Commencing in February 2018, this service will provide both residential education and treatment for veterans who have been involved in the criminal justice system.
From humble beginnings in 1998 to an impressive portfolio of services across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent, Burton Addiction Centre (BAC) provides evidence-based residential education, treatment and rehabilitation delivered by a multi-skilled, competent and experienced workforce. The twelve–step programme, originally proposed and first published in 1939 by Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) as a method of recovery from alcoholism, underpins the recovery process. BAC has a proven record and has produced some of the highest long-term outcomes across the United Kingdom.
Dr Jane Jones together with Dr Nicholas Murdoch both of whom have considerable experience with addiction amongst the UK veteran population will provide additional specialist support to the staff at Burton Addiction Centre, thereby augmenting a proven eclectic programme. This partnership is merging the joint expertise acquired from working with addiction over a considerable number of years.
The programme comprises an 8 -week residential stay, costing in the region of £8000 per individual. It is envisaged that funding will be provided through third parties including other Service charities.
BAC O’Connor are delighted to be working in partnership with Care after Combat; our service personnel and their families sacrifice so much for our country and can be deeply affected by their experiences. We have supported a number of veterans into recovery from alcohol and drug addiction over the years and this partnership will ensure that more people will get the help and support they need. Recovery is possible and together with Care after Combat we can help men and women who have given so much to go on to lead happy fulfilling lives
Noreen Oliver MBE – Burton Addiction Centre.
‘Knowing both organisations well, it gave me enormous pleasure to have instigated this unique venture. We owe a great deal to our veterans, and I am thrilled that this new partnership will go some way to giving those who require it, some much needed help.’
Andrew Griffiths MP – Parliamentary Under-secretary of State Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Dr N Murdoch
Head of Research
Care after Combat