PUBLISHED: 16:36 08 May 2019 | UPDATED: 16:36 08 May 2019 Sabrina Johnson The Next Steps Recovery Centre illustration. Photo: The Matthew Project Archant A Norfolk charity which helps people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is appealing for donations to help make its new community centre a reality. One-to-one support will be offered within the new centre. Photo: The Matthew ProjectOnce complete, the Next Steps Recovery Centre (Next Steps), in Oak Street, will be a one of a kind facility in Norfolk, providing a space where people recovering from addiction can learn new skills, access support and be part of a safe and supportive community.The Matthew Project initially received funding for Next Steps from Public Health England and Norfolk County Council, which allowed it to buy the building and get started on the refurbishment project.Now, with the first stage of the renovation complete, the charity is looking for a further £220,000 to finish … [Read more...] about Charity appeals for help to make recovery centre a reality
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At least 17 people have died and 12 others have been injured in a fire at a drug rehabilitation clinic in Ecuador, authorities have said. Officials said the blaze took hold after patients set mattresses on fire in a bid to escape the facility in Guayaquil - the country's biggest city.Police chief Tania Varela said the centre lacked the necessary permits required to operate. Makeshift treatment facilities are common in the South American nation.In a statement, the Guayaquil fire department said: "We regret the loss of 17 human lives in this tragedy, and we reject the negligence of the owners."Officers are hoping to question the owners and operators of the rehabilitation facility.More follows... … [Read more...] about Ecuador rehab blaze: At least 17 die as patients ‘start fire to escape clinic’
PUBLISHED: 15:06 11 January 2019 | UPDATED: 15:28 11 January 2019 Conor Matchett The Hare and Barrel hotel in Watton which could become an rehabilitation centre for recovering addicts. Picture: Google Archant Safeguarding concerns surrounding a hotel and pub’s potential change into a rehabilitation centre for addicts have been raised by residents. The Hare and Barrel on Brandon Road in Watton could become a centre for those recovering from addictions such as sex addiction, drug, alcohol and other mental health problems.An application to allow this change of use has been submitted to Breckland District Council and was debated at Watton Town Council on Tuesday, January 8.Residents close to the property raised their concerns about the safety of their children, the impact on house prices, and the loss of a community asset.Amanda Veldtman, who lives near the Hare and Barrel Hotel on Brandon Road, said at the meeting: “I have grave concerns about the … [Read more...] about Safeguarding concerns raised over hotel which could become rehab centre
A British man who could face the death penalty after he was arrested in Bali for allegedly smuggling cannabis oil has admitted he has been "very stupid". Pip Holmes, understood to be a 45-year-old artist from Cornwall, was one of five foreigners paraded at a news conference in Denpasar, the capital of Bali province last week.The father-of-two is accused of receiving nearly 31g of cannabis oil in the mail.Mr Holmes, who describes himself as an artist and surfer, claims he was caught with just a tiny amount - around 3g - of medicinal THC oil.He says he uses it to treat arthritis.Mr Holmes' family has launched a crowdfunding page to raise $85,000 (£67,000) for legal fees to keep him out of prison.It had raised $14,979 (£11,873) of the target on Monday evening.His family say he could face a jail term of between five and 15 years but hope he can instead serve a short spell in a rehabilitation centre before being deported to the UK.Indonesian police said he could be sentenced to … [Read more...] about Briton arrested for ‘tiny’ amount of cannabis oil in Bali could face death penalty
FORMER America’s Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss has died at the age of 34. Here’s what you need to know about her struggle with drugs and how she fought back from being near to death only to succumb to breast cancer. Who was Jael Strauss? Jael was a contestant on America’s Next Top Model but her life spiralled out of control and she became a homeless addict whose once-striking looks were left ravaged by drug use. When was she a contestant on America's Next Top Model Jael was a finalist in the eighth series of the popular show in 2007, which inspired Britain's Next Top Model, before giving in to an addiction that rotted her teeth and covered her body in sores. Four and a half years ago, a public intervention by TV chat show host Dr Phil set Jael on the path to recovery Her family appeared on the show and explained that a six-year battle with narcotics had left Jael a "full-blown meth addict" and close to death. She began working at a rehab centre … [Read more...] about Who was Jael Strauss? When was she a contestant on America’s Next Top Model and what was the cause of death?