Innovation Birmingham Campus-based Breaking Free Group – creators of a pioneering digital healthcare platform targeting addictive behaviours – has entered a long-term partnership with leading drug and alcohol charity, Open Road.
Open Road is a registered charity that provides support for individuals affected by drugs and alcohol across Essex, Medway and Suffolk. Their mission is to empower individuals, families and communities in their journey of recovery from the harmful effects of drugs, alcohol and other addictions. In 2015, Open Road celebrated 25 years of delivering high quality services to enable individuals and families to recover from the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol.
The charity has commissioned Breaking Free Online across Essex community drug and alcohol services and Sarah Wright, CEO of Open Road, explained the reasons for choosing the programme, “It is important that we meet the needs of the people we support and in this growing age of technology we recognise the importance of digital support that Breaking Free Online can give us.
The opportunity for 24/7 access is vital for many people and I am delighted that we are now able to offer this additional support to our service users. In addition, as the programme directly targets 39 substances – including novel psychoactive substances (legal highs), substitute medications and prescribed medications of abuse – Open Road will be able to respond more effectively to emerging drug trends.”
Glyn Davies, Service Development Director at Breaking Free, said: “We are delighted to be entering into this partnership with Open Road, who are committed to harnessing technology innovation and expanding treatment choice in their efforts to empower their service users. This expands our coverage in the South East and we are very pleased to see more organisations recognising the benefits that Breaking Free Online brings to their overall support package.”