First ever drug rehabilitation village opens its doors
Scotland’s first ever long-term “drug rehabilitation village” opens its doors today.
The River Garden Auchincruive project, near Ayr, is a groundbreaking residential project to help those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
Run by charity Independence from Drugs and Alcohol Scotland (IFDAS), the programme is inspired by a number of radical rehab programmes from around the world.
It will initially provide accommodation, training and support for up to 40 former addicts who will live there for up to three years.
Director of Development at IFDAS, Mark Bitel said the three year programme was unlike any other type of service currently available in the UK.
The 48-acre site acts as a residential training and social enterprise development where the community will grow food to supply an onsite shop and café, and run a bakery.