We work in partnership with the National Health Service, Avon and Somerset Police and the Somerset Probation Service to organise and purchase a wide range of services for people whose lives are seriously affected by the use of drugs and / or alcohol.
This partnership is called The Somerset Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT.)
DAAT commissions most of its services from an organisation called Turning Point. Turning Point is a well-known and highly respected national charity that specialises in providing services to drug and alcohol users.
Some GP surgeries and local pharmacies can provide other clinical services.
It could be you, or someone else close to you, with an alcohol or drug habit that may be getting out of hand, or with a longer term or more severe problem. Whatever the issue, there is a wide range of confidential, non-judgemental advice, help and support available around the county.
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All service details and lots of other useful information for adults, young people, families, carers and friends and professionals are available on the Somerset Drug and Alcohol Partnership website www.somersetdap.org.uk
The DAAT and Turning Point aim to make it possible for everyone who goes to the service for help with drug and alcohol problems to overcome them and live healthy, crime-free lives, and to reach their potential as individuals and members of the community.
Services are available throughout Somerset to people aged 18 years and over. The people who use the service include:
- people who look for help voluntarily
- people who must attend because of a court order
- carers and family members who need support
You can get quick and easy access to Turning Point services by contacting one of their area offices in Somerset. Turning Point operates an open door policy so anyone looking for help can choose to refer themselves rather than having to be referred by their GP or another professional.
People can contact Turning Point by phone, letter or by calling in. You don’t need to make an appointment. Opening times make it easy for people who are looking for work, or who are in employment, to be able to go to appointments outside of normal office opening hours.
All the services commissioned by the Somerset DAAT are approved by the National Treatment Agency, a specialist NHS Trust who implement national policy across England. The services include:
- Advice and information
- Short Term support
- Individual and group counselling
- Needle exchange
- Pharmacological therapies
- Testing and vaccination for blood borne viruses
- Working with offenders to change their behaviour
- Access to work and leisure opportunities in the community
The particular range of services provided, and how long the service should be for, depend on a full assessment of the person’s needs and the development of a care plan agreed with them.
All services are provided by staff who have appropriate levels of experience, training and qualifications covering medical, nursing and social work practice.
You can get more information from:
Somerset Drug and Alcohol Action Team
Somerset County Council
Phone: 01823 357111
Turning Point Area Offices:
Bridgwater: phone 01278 456561
Frome: phone 01373 475560
Taunton: phone 01823 328463
Yeovil: phone 01935 383360