Open Day at Wakefield Substance Misuse service

News item posted: 19 June 2017

On Friday 28th June, Turning Point's Wakefield and District Community Drugs Team hosted an open morning to showcase the work of their Adult Treatment Services. This included the official launch of their Wreckreational Team, who provide support, advice and information relating to the use of legal highs, sometimes known as street or party drugs, in the district.

Dave Taylor a Team Leader at Wakefield Treatment Services said;

"It is a privilege to be involved in the development of Turning Point's Wreckreational team. This service is a reaction to the emerging trend of party drugs or so called legal highs across the Wakefield district. It is an issue that is not going away and we have developed a dedicated team to offer advice, support and treatment to people using party drugs in response to this need in the community".

The open morning also gave people an opportunity to find out more about the Peer Mentoring scheme, where individuals use their own experience of treatment and recovery to inspire, motivate and support others to become substance free. The Engagement and Recovery Team also discussed the work they do around re-engaging with and supporting individuals at risk of dropping out of services and the preparation work they do with service users who are considering residential rehab.

Additionally, the open morning gave the service an opportunity to showcase their targeted recovery work and partnership with GASPED, a local family support group, which provides a home based holistic solution to the wider family issues around substance misuse.

Interactive activities included the Wreck Room Night Club with DJ Dolly Mixture, which replicated a club scene with loud music and flashing lights. Attendees were given the opportunity to wear "beer goggles" which distorted their mental ability and awareness of their surroundings. This aim was to recreate an experience similar to the effect of substances such as legal highs in order to raise awareness of the risks involved.

Beverley Rankine, Senior Team Leader at Turning Point's Wakefield & District Adult Treatment Services said of the open day;

"The event was a real success. Staff, service users and peer mentors showcased the excellent work that they are doing here and the feedback has been really positive. It was also a great launch pad for our Wreckreational initiative, a new programme that offers help and advice to those using club drugs and legal highs, which we have already had a lot of interest and support for. Our thanks to everyone who attended on the day."

Find out more about Wreckreational