THE first of a national network of affordable, self-pay alcohol and drug treatment centres, Help Me Stop, is opening in Acton in July.

A five-week, 160-hour programme at Help Me Stop will cost £2,500, significantly less than a typical five-week stay in residential rehab, which costs an average of £25,000. 

Help Me Stop’s non-residential treatment approach, known as dayhab, is designed to fit around people’s work, study and childcare.

Chip Somers, its clinical adviser, is a former drug addict and ex-offender who is now a psychotherapist and addiction specialist.

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He said: “Current treatment options open to those with alcohol or drug problems are woefully limited.

“Local authority services are virtually non-existent, while vastly expensive residential rehab facilities are out of reach for most.

“It’s shocking that less than three per cent of people seeking help currently receive the treatment they need. Help Me Stop aims to change all that.”

Help Me Stop officially launches next month at 199-201 Acton High Street but is already taking referrals, offering assessments and running pre-treatment therapy groups.