A new service to help people with drug and alcohol problems in west London has been launched.

It will be delivered to people suffering from substance misuse living in Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea and was launched on April 1.

It will see more services available than ever before and offer support and for those who have not previously sought help.

It follows a year-long review of substance misuse services in Westminster. It will be provided by Turning Point in partnership with Blenheim CDP and CRI (Crime Reduction Initiatives) with more focus on helping people towards recovery.

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Through increased outreach work, it will identify people at risk of alcohol related health and social problems as early as possible. A tailored early intervention and recovery programmes will focus on helping people to manage a healthier lifestyle including counselling and access to education, training and employment.

Support for family members and carers will also be available to help reduce social isolation experienced by many drug and alcohol users and ensure a strong social network is in place.

It will also people with both mental health and substance misuse issues to ensure people are accessing the support they need.