A holistic approach

Health and wellbeing services

ICADS offers a range of services aimed at improving all areas of our service user’s general health and wellbeing

Clinical services

We offer comprehensive health and wellbeing assessments where we will discuss your lifestyle, drug-related harm and risk issues. This is a general health screening encompassing your mental and physical health that will help to identify unmet health needs. We will then be able to make onward specialist referrals if necessary.

We may recommend for you to have an electrocardiogram (ECG), which we are able to carry out. An ECG is a simple test that can be used to check your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity. Health and wellbeing assessments also provide you with the opportunity to discuss health problems that could interact with drug treatment.

ICADS promotes a holistic approach to service-users’ health, ongoing monitoring, and health promotion. It is our priority to improve the outcome of drug treatment by improving general health and wellbeing.

Complementary Therapies

Options at ICADS include:

  • acupuncture
  • art therapy
  • yoga
  • dance
  • movement therapy
  • reiki
  • mindfulness

Complementary therapies enhance our talking therapies and clinical treatment sessions as they focus on the body, supporting withdrawal symptoms and anxiety while promoting relaxation and self-esteem by releasing endorphins which add to feelings of general wellbeing. They also encourage expression and creativity via non-verbal techniques like art and dance.

Our research tell us that individuals who use complementary therapies along with their main treatment interventions report increased improvements in their emotional wellbeing and quality of life.

Blood Borne Virus Testing

Blood-borne viruses (BBVs) are viruses that can be carried in the blood and can spread from one person to another through blood-to-blood contact.

The most common BBVs are

  • Hepatitis C virus (HCV),
  • Hepatitis B virus (HBV), and
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

BBVs are commonly spread through injecting drugs and sharing equipment, including needles, spoons, filters, syringes and water. BBVs may display no symptoms so it is very important to get tested regularly to ensure that you receive the support you need in a timely manner.

In line with our harm minimisation strategies, we offer pre-test discussion where we will talk about your history and how to reduce future risk of contracting BBVs. We offer the dry blood-spot testing method for screening, which involves pricking your finger and collecting small samples of blood on a card.

Hepatitis B Vaccinations

We offer hepatitis B vaccinations which give you protection against the hepatitis B virus; a major cause of liver disease, including cirrhosis and liver cancer.

You can get infected with hepatitis B if you have contact with an infected person’s body fluids, such as blood.

The hepatitis B vaccine is very safe and side effects are rare, other than some redness and soreness at the injection site. It is an inactivated (killed) vaccine, so it cannot cause the disease itself.

Full protection involves having three injections over a number of weeks, which the nurse will explain to you fully during your initial appointment.

Support

It is ICADS’ priority to treat and care for people in a safe environment, protecting them from avoidable harm. We have clear referral pathways for individuals testing positive for BBVs, ensuring that they have access to specialist treatment.

We encourage peer-support and e collaborate with health improvement programmes in order to appropriately tailor interventions. For example; we have close links with VoiceAbility’s peer support network for people diagnosed with Hepatitis C.

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