Full steam ahead for Cathy’s campaign

Cathy McInnes, Nicol Stephen and Jo Swinson outside Addiction Recovery Centre (photography: Gordon McInnes)

Scottish Liberal Democrats have pledged to double funding for drug and alcohol treatment

Tackling addiction was the topic for discussion as the campaign to elect Cathy McInnes as MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden continued apace today.

Cathy joined Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Nicol Stephen and Jo Swinson on a visit to the Addiction Recovery Centre in Kirkintilloch. The Addiction Recovery Centre works with local volunteers to help people overcome drug, alcohol and gambling addictions.

Commenting following the visit, Cathy McInnes said:

“The Addiction Recovery Centre provides a really high standard of support to people in East Dunbartonshire with addiction problems to overcome. The first-hand experience of its dedicated volunteers helps to create a positive atmosphere and supportive environment.

“Facilities like the Addiction Recovery Centre play a crucial social role, helping individuals and families in very difficult circumstances. The Scottish Liberal Democrats recognise this, which is why we have pledged to double funding for drug and alcohol treatment.

“We also need to bring about a long-term cultural change in attitudes towards binge drinking, investing in the nation’s health for the future.”

Jo added:

“Addiction can devastate lives and families, and requires intensive support to overcome. It is essential that we continue to support projects like the Addiction Recovery Centre, with its proven track record of success in beating addiction.”

Nicol Stephen said:

“The total cost to Scottish society of excess drinking is some £1.1 billion every year.

“We need to achieve a more balanced and moderate approach to alcohol, rather than dreaming up new ways of inconveniencing people.

“Scottish Liberal Democrats will double the funding for drug and alcohol treatment – more than £100 million extra over the next spending review.

“This extra funding will be used to increase residential places, cut waiting times for services, and create more family support posts to provide intensive early support to prevent crises developing.”

The Addiction Recovery Centre is open 365 days a year and provides support for everyone in recovery to live positive lives and become useful members of their families and local communities. The service can be contacted by telephone on (0141) 776 3887 or calling into the centre between 12pm and 3pm daily. Visitors will normally be seen within half an hour of first contact.

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