A new charity is offering drug addicts and affected family members online advice via the Skype video-messaging tool.
Drugs in Lincs was only set up last year, but a number of people from the Boston area have already benfitted from its confidential support service.
The organisation was the first of its kind in the UK to offer support via Skype.
Chief executive Ian Bertram said: “We felt it was useful as Lincolnshire is so rural and many people find it difficult to get out and seek support in person.
“We have already helped a number of people from Boston – as it is one of the area’s in the county where drug and alcohol-related issues are relatively high.”
The organisation works independently and with other agencies such as DART (Drug Alcohol Recovery Team) and Addaction.
The committee and group of volunteers offer a confidential, non-judgemental support to what they describe as ‘an ever-increasing number of clients’. They aim to break down barriers of denial, shame and embarrasment.
Their efforts saw them nominated for two Lincolnshire Community Voluntary Service awards receently.
Creating Drugs in Lincs was the brainchild of Ian whose son Simon died of an accidental drugs overdose in 2001.
During the period when his son was going through addiction, Ian said he searched for the support he so desperately needed, but he ‘drew a blank’.
Following his death, Ian set up the group in the hope that others in a similar situation would have the opportunity for support that he never had.
He added: “Because of the stigma society has attached to drug and alcohol misuse, it’s extremely difficult to talk to friends and family about what you’re going through.”
lFor details about Drugs in Lincs visit www.drugsinlincs.co.uk or email ianbertram@drugsinlincs