Banish the booze for Dry January

Spectrum is getting off to a healthy start in 2020 by supporting ‘Dry January’ – the national campaign to help more people ‘banish the booze’ for 31 days and feel the benefits of drinking less. Whether you’re a weekend drinker, ‘social drinker’ or just like to unwind with an occasional glass of wine, cutting out […]

North Yorkshire Horizons is rated “Outstanding” by CQC

North Yorkshire Horizons is now officially rated as “Outstanding” overall by the Care Quality Commission. The drug and alcohol recovery service, commissioned by North Yorkshire County Council, received the coveted accreditation following an inspection in August of the Humankind treatment element of the contract.The clinical component of the service, run by Spectrum Community Health CIC, […]

Raising awareness on Multiple Disadvantage Day

On 3rd July, Spectrum’s WY-FI Navigators will join 11 other organisations to mark the first ever Multiple Disadvantage Day – a day to recognise the challenges which face people with complex needs and raise awareness of support. ‘Multiple Disadvantage’ is the term used when a person experiences a combination of homelessness, addiction, re-offending or mental […]

County Durham service offers new Naloxone training for custody officers

Members of the Durham Drug and Alcohol Service have been involved in delivering pioneering Naloxone training to custody officers from the Durham Constabulary. Naloxone is a powerful opioid reversal drug which can reverse the effects of an overdose within seconds – and can even save lives. Although it is typically administered by paramedics and other […]

“Beyond Symptom” conference explores the treatment of addiction

Spectrum’s Chief Executive, Linda Harris, will join colleagues from York Drug & Alcohol Service on 7th June at the UKCP’s conference “Beyond Symptom” – an exploration of addiction, dependency and connection. As part of a full-day event exploring addiction and dependency, Linda will speak on the topic of recovery-orientated care – ensuring that service users […]

Outstanding: Care Quality Commission praises North Yorkshire Horizons

Clinical care in North Yorkshire Horizons, the specialist drug and alcohol service for the county, has been rated “Outstanding”, with outcomes that were above the national average, in a report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In November 2018, a two-day inspection by the CQC found that clinical support provided by the substance misuse […]

Top tips for staying safe over Christmas

Spectrum is urging partygoers to stay safe ahead of “Mad Friday”, the busiest party night of the year. Traditionally the last Friday before Christmas, “Mad Friday” marks the beginning of the festive party season but can often be marred by heavy drinking. It can be tempting to indulge when you’re out with friends and family […]

Official launch for South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service

The South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service, which is led by Humankind in partnership with Spectrum, has been formally launched with a ribbon cutting ceremony in South Shields. Humankind Area Manager, Amy Cummings, said: “We were joined by numerous local partners and stakeholders who came to share, coffee, cake and ideas on how we can further develop […]

Time to talk? New wellbeing group in North Yorkshire

Our North Yorkshire Horizons service has launched a Men’s Support Group in Scarborough. The peer support group aims to provide a safe and confidential place to talk, raise self-confidence and share ideas and coping strategies. Recovery Coordinator John Lawless set up the group to improve openness around mental health for men. He says: “Having had […]