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Residents in Ayrshire are set to benefit from a new drug rehabilitation centre after plans to transform a former care home has been given the go ahead. 

The Seabank nursing home in Canal Street, Saltcoats, has been deserted since it was shut in 2018, but it will now be brought back into use to become the first dedicated facility in Scotland for families who have been impacted by mental health, drug and alcohol problems, reported Irvine Times

Lyndsey Wilson-Hague, head of operations for addiction recovery charity Phoenix Future, which bought the site, said it is “looking forward” to helping locals understand what the centre will provide for the area. 

“We will work hard to resolve any concerns they may have, while setting out how we will contribute positively to the local community,” stated Ms Wilson-Hague. 

The facility will provide treatment programmes, advice, and training to up to 20 families with the help of specialist counsellors, childcare workers and support staff. 

Patients will be put on a structured therapeutic programme for between three and six months. It will remain a drug- and alcohol-free building, helping the government to tackle Scotland’s current crisis of increasing drug deaths. 

According to official figures, the number of suspected drug deaths between June 2020 and 2021 was the third highest on record at 1,402. 

They also found 72 per cent of drug-related fatalities for the first six months of 2021 were males, while more than a third were 35 to 54 years old. 

The team at Walton Healthcare worked on the recent sale of the property to Phoenix Futures. If you’re currently looking for care homes for sale in Scotland, get in touch with us today.