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1 Transcript of Burton Addiction Centre Title Screen white with Staffordshire County Council logo on it Black screen with words Department of National Health Provider Development Programme, fades out Music intro whilst text is shown Another black screen with words Under the previous national strategy Drugs; Protecting families and communities 2008, the focus was on harm reduction and the average length of time an individual was prescribed methadone was 7-10 years Another screen with the words This was costing the taxpayer on average; 14,408 per person per year in state benefits and 40,967 person in prison per year Next screen After 17 years on methadone whilst claiming state benefits and frequent drug-related prison sentences, one individual cost the state 659,260. Since entering the BAC O Conner centre 2 years ago he has been drug free, without re-offending. He lives in his own accommodation, works full time and is building a relationship again with his daughter Next screen Under the new national strategy; Reducing demand, restricting supply, building recovery; supporting people to live a drug free life, 2010 the focus is on full recovery and drug free lifestyles. 18 weeks accessing abstinent-based residential rehabilitation at BAC O Connor currently costs 6,743 per person which results in individuals being drug and alcohol free, no longer offending, becoming productive members of society and contributing to the state. Cut to man, Darren sitting in room talking to camera Darren- Basically a very unsettled life depending on alcohol cause I couldn t manage life as it was Cut to Jackie sitting at a table Jackie- It was the way I learnt to cope with things, when I found life difficult I turned to drink Camera turns round to Mel sitting at the end of the table Mel- I always felt like there was something missing in my life. I felt like I didn t fit in. I felt like heroin gives me confidence Cut to screen with words with Working together for Change and female narrator speaking

2 Narrator- The department of health Working Together for Change Programme (video playing in background with people talking, then someone using a punch bag and then back to people talking) focuses on working with local frontline services, the people who fund those services and most importantly the people who use these services. The aim is to capture aspirations and needs from todays society. (Narrator still speaking but background changes to white with Staffordshire County Council logo on it)as an organisation Staffordshire County Council were keen to be a part of this programme and opted to focus on services for people with substance misuse and mental health issues. Screen changes to images of buildings and voice of County Councillor Matthew Ellis, Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing Cllr Matthew Ellis- Key to tackling drug and alcohol addiction in Staffordshire is the third sector. (cut to Councillor Ellis speaking in a hallway to camera). The County Council have worked closely with the department of health to build capacity to make sure that the voluntary organisations who are close to the community are really playing their part, their unique part in helping people to change their lives. Video changes to outside building of BAC and O Connor centre Kendra- We re a drug and rehabilitation centre and we provide a seamless service from detoxification to (cut to Kendra Gray, Strategic Director of Burton Addiction Centre (BAC)sitting at a table speaking) rehabilitation in a residential setting (video of residents chatting) When I think about people coming into our service, when they come in they re broken. Their lives have been destroyed by drugs and alcohol and I believe that we are able to end that dependency and give them an exit route back to a freedom of life without addiction. Music plays and a screen appears with An Opportunity for Change on it. Kendra sat at a table speaking to camera Kendra- I think when I first heard about it, I thought well I don t really know what we re going to get out of it but as we were asked by our commissioner, I thought we ll go along with it, we ll have a look at what its about. (Video of people sat in living room chatting) The key things that stood out and I have to say more from the service users than from myself as a staff member was that outside interests were important to them following a series of meetings we called a group of service users together. What we ve managed to achieve in about 6 months has been phenomenal Mel sat at a table talking to the camera

3 Mel- My name is Mel. I m 39 years old. I m a recovering heroin addict. I started taking heroin when I went to prison aged 15. Little did I know that 24 years later I d still be a heroin addict. Camera turns round to Jackie speaking to the camera Jackie- From week 6 we got asked to see a conference about working for change. Video of people talking with narrator speaking Narrator- Those already accessing the Burton Addiction Centre and completed the rehabilitation programme formed a group called free meaning fun in recovery equals enjoyment and decided to take an approach which would support and assist others coming into the system. This newly formed group felt that people who have experienced drug and alcohol problems would be the best people to help others rebuild their lives. Cut to Jackie sitting at a table and speaking to the camera Jackie- We had the opportunity as well to make the decision over what would improve the programme here (background showing video of people in a gym) and what would improve the lives of the people we re hoping to help here as well and from that develop the idea of having an activity programme Split screen showing video of people in gym and also Darren speaking to the camera Darren- To help recovering addicts not only when they ve left the programme but when they are going through the programme because a lot of people including myself need help. You can t just do this on your own Goes back to video of people talking with Mel speaking over the video Mel- You can t just go back into the community and have no structure. You need to have social skills because when you have an addiction all you ever talk about is drugs and crime and prison and just like all the chaotic things, it will be like a great opportunity. At first I didn t think I d be good enough because my self esteem was like really low. It s been amazing to be offered an opportunity to and a position like that. Cut to Darren speaking to camera

4 Darren- With this programme and doing what I ve done with everyone in the council and in here has given me the confidence to actually open my mouth now, people do want to listen. Cut to Jackie speaking to the camera Jackie- It s given me the realisation that I can still do things. I have got the ability to make a difference still. Black screen and then words The Future appears Cut to Darren speaking to the camera Darren- Now I m working in a school as well which have got loads of kids running around and I d never have gone near them last year Cut to Jackie speaking to camera-while they re in the house, what we re hoping to do is have some activities in the house so that while they re residential they can start being introduced to things before they actually leave the programme Darren- Joint activities so that nobody is on their own (video showing people talking and doing activities), bowling, rock climbing even if its just a games night. We just want people together Mel speaking over video- For different things from house activities like playing Wii games, doing a karaoke because that will help boost peoples confidence, also like arts and crafts. Cut to Darren in a room speaking to the camera Darren- We re even got plans to go camping 3 or 4 days at a time, you know get everybody together, you know we re all know how everybody else is feeling. (video showing people laughing and playing games) You know just to say you re having a bad day it doesn t matter. You re allowed to have a bad day. Cut to Jackie sitting at a table speaking to camera Jackie- Recovery isn t all about doom and gloom and struggling from day to day it s about enjoying life again and that s (video showing of people on treadmill in gym) the whole point of it really. Cut to Mel sitting at a table speaking to camera

5 Mel-For peoples self esteem and their confidence to get them out there and doing activities and mixing (video of people playing on Wii) in the community. Kendra sitting at a table speaking to camera Kendra- It s actually been the service users group that have done most of the work. They ve done the research. They ve found out what people want. They ve helped to build a mentoring programme. They ve been phenomenal and what its done for me is its helped me to realise that actually the skills that they have and the assets that they bring to this organisation and what people are going to have in the future. Now is the chance to have a social life, to keep coming back and engage with the service. That in turn then gives people who are new to the service something to aim for. They can see that their is a life after drugs and alcohol and its something I see continuing for longer term really. Picture fades out Black screen with writing on it saying For more information about this project, please contact Staffordshire County Council on or Screen changes to white and displays the Staffordshire County Council yellow and silver logo.

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