Help Me Stop launch new London Dayhab Service
Danniella Westbrook celebrates the launch of a new ‘breakthrough’ addiction centre in West London, and says it has given hope of recovery for many in the UK.
Help Me Stop is taking a major step to making rehab treatment accessible to all, launching their first centre last week. Branded ‘rehab in the real world’, experience in the US has shown Dayhab to keep two in three participants abstinent nine months after completing treatment.
Clients are often made to choose between long waiting times for under-funded council services, or ‘luxury’ rehab that is too expensive and demands long periods of time away from home. Help Me Stop’s non-residential treatment approach, known as Dayhab, is designed to fit around clients’ work, study and childcare. At a far lower cost than many residential rehabs, their programme makes treatment more accessible to people who are seeking help but are still not receiving the treatment they need.
At their launch event on Wednesday, former EastEnders actress Danniella Westbrook spoke out publicly about her own struggles with addiction, and the inaccessibility of private rehab options: ‘There are people out there who want to stop, but can’t afford to spend £5,000 a week on luxury rehab.’
The TV star, who was diagnosed with womb cancer last year, believes there is a lot of work still to do in the UK to address the number of people who are unable to access treatment due to money constraints or family commitments. The mum-of-two added: ‘To come into a day centre [like Help Me Stop], and still be part of your family as opposed to just visit once a week, is an amazing thing.’
Find out more at www.helpmestop.org.uk