Rehab facility for drug and alcohol addicts coming to Warwickshire after grant

Will Johnston, Joint Commissioning Manager (Substance Misuse - Adult & Young People's Treatment & Care) with ESH Works Chief Executive Paul Urmiston.

Will Johnston, Joint Commissioning Manager (Substance Misuse - Adult & Young People's Treatment & Care) with ESH Works Chief Executive Paul Urmiston.

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A rehabilitation facility supporting recovering alcoholics and drug addicts is coming to Warwickshire after a six-figure grant from Public Health England (PHE).

Leamington-based social enterprise ESH Works was given the £545,000 grant from the government department because of its “incredibly successful” work in providing support to recovering addicts and their families.

The enterprise employs people who have experience of recovering from addiction themselves as it believes this is the most effective way to help current addicts beat their problems.

Paul Urmston, chief executive of ESH Works, said: “It’s great to see that the government are continuing to support recovery communities and endorsing the philosophy that the power of one addict helping another is without parallel in a person’s recovery.”

A building to host the rehab facility has not yet been found, but Mr Urmston said the search was going well.

He added: “We’re very actively looking for a property and trying to find somewhere suitable. We’re confident we can find somewhere because we can buy straight away because of the grant.”

The MP for Warwick and Leamington Chris White helped introduce a law passed in 2012 which enabled enterprises like ESH Works to win public sector contracts by considering more value than just finances.

He said: “I’ve witnessed the passion, commitment and hard work of the ESH Works team over the years and without a doubt they have certainly proved that the wider definition of value is a reality in the provision of their peer led approach to recovery for addicts and their families.”

PHE has invested £10 million to support drug and alcohol recovery across the country.