Bolton Integrated Drug and Alcohol Services. (BIDAS)
Bolton has number of services that help support individuals or concerned others with drug or alcohol problems. Each service has a specialist remit and collectively they make up the whole service known as BIDAS.
The services consist of;
The Single Point of Access and Assessment – provided by Arch Initiatives
Medical Interventions Service – provided by St Martin’s Healthcare
Harm Minimisation Service – provided by Lifeline
Psychosocial Interventions Service – provided by Lifeline
Brief Interventions service – provided by Lifeline
Bolton Integrated Drug and Alcohol Services (BIDAS) aim to provide you with individualised support that meets your needs. We aim to work in partnership with each other and with you to help achieve your goals and aspirations.
“BIDAS provides a seamless, integrated Drug and Alcohol service across Bolton enabling and empowering individuals and their families to achieve their full potential, positive outcomes and improved Health and Wellbeing”.
The Harm Reduction service aims to work with individuals and their families to help reduce the harm that drug or alcohol misuse may cause. We offer brief advice and information on how, if you choose to drink and take drugs, you can do so whilst minimising the risk of any harm.
The Medical Interventions service provide substitute prescribing, drug and alcohol detox prescribing, health screening, blood borne virus testing, immunisation and access to Hepatitis C treatment services.
A significant number of pharmacies in the Bolton area provide specific services in relation to drug treatment. They can also give you general advice about health issues related to drug use and can refer you into treatment if you ask them to do so. Your pharmacist can also offer advice, information and referral about alcohol issues.