The Fresh Start Annual Report shows more than 1000 people sought treatment in 2011-12, a 26% increase on the previous year. Opiate addiction remained the biggest challenge, with heroin and prescription opioids such as oxycodone making up more than half of all cases.
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Running up and down the 300 steps of Jacob’s Ladder in King’s Park is a giant leap for Jonathan Vickers as he strives to beat his drug addictions.
The 32-year-old unemployed man is participating in a Fresh Start Recovery Programme initiative to improve the fitness of clients.
Today Jonathan runs up and down the ladder four times in succession, and for the first time in a decade his confidence levels have also climbed.
“I now believe I am in the early stages of making a definite future for myself,” he said.