Drug and alcohol detox centre opens in Townshend

A detoxification centre for drug and alcohol addiction in Cornwall has opened.

Boswyns, near Townshend, will provide residential support for up to 15 people at a time to detox their bodies before they start a rehabilitation programme.

It is the first time that a service has been available without residents having to leave the county.

Chief Executive Derek Mace said: "People have always had to go out of the county. It's fantastic."

He said: "There's never been a residential detoxification centre in Cornwall and there is a great need.

"Drug and alcohol problems per capita are just as bad as in the major cities."

The centre will provide detoxification courses which last for between two and six weeks, with nursing and social care support, such as counselling, available 24 hours a day.

Boswyns manager Jeremy Booker said: "It's really important that people are given the right environment to address their problems.

"It's a Cornish service for Cornish people and we really want to provide the service."

The new service will work closely with drug and alcohol charities across the county as well as the NHS.

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