HURT is a support service for people suffering from drug addiction, and their families in Derry, Northern Ireland and the surrounding area. Founded by Sadie O'Reilly after her son Tony died from a heroin overdose, the charity combines complementary therapies with counselling to improve physical health and emotional wellbeing. Launched 15 years ago, the free service has been used by thousands of people and has helped to save many lives. Treatment addresses substance abuse and alcohol dependency along with psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Staff and volunteers create a bespoke care plan for each client and create an atmosphere of understanding and warmth. Counselling takes place alongside therapies such as reflexology, auricular acupuncture and Indian head massage. A 'listening ear' counselling service, provided by staff and volunteers, is available on a drop in basis or referral from other organisations.
Two National Lottery-funded projects run by HURT over four years have included talks and workshops about drugs and alcohol to more than 400 young people across 20 schools. Since launching 15 years ago, National Lottery funding has enabled 12 trained staff supported by volunteers in two centres (one in Derry city and the other in Strabane, Co Tyrone) to support 3,000 people with addiction issues.
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