New TC initiative launched to help Aberdeen addicts

Teen Challenge North East Scotland has launched a new Aberdeen initiative to help hurting men and women with life-controlling addictions.

We are now in place at the city’s King’s Community Church on King Street every Tuesday, from 3pm-5pm.

Teen Challenge will use the time to offer visitors advice and counsel, with the opportunity to place them in either men’s recovery centre, Sunnybrae, near Fyvie, or women’s recovery refuge, Benaiah, near Mintlaw.

The launch of the new initiative comes at a time when alarming new figures show that Teen Challenge’s work is as vital as ever, with the number of drug related deaths in Scotland in 2018 expected to break the 1000 mark for the first time.

Certain areas of the country saw the number of drug deaths double between January and July 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, with politicians calling for a national emergency to be declared.

Paul Beaton, Support Worker/Communications Coordinator at Teen Challenge, commented: “The latest stats make for concerning reading and we have to remember that each number represents a heart-breaking story, with families continuing to being ripped apart by the misery of drugs.

“We’re extremely pleased though to be able to bring this new initiative to Aberdeen to tell people who are caught up in addiction that there is an answer and that they can find their way out of the mess and misery to start a new, fresh life.

“We’d encourage anyone interested in more information and guidance on how to beat addiction and live a life of freedom to come along.”