Today and over the next two weeks Gwent Drug and Alcohol Service (GDAS) are supporting Gwent Specialist Substance Misuse service (GSSMS) to offer training to the new cohort of first year medical students. This is something that we enjoy supporting every year.

Over the next few weeks approximately 60 students will be attending for training. They will be given information by Dr Julia Lewis, Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist about how addiction can have an impact on the brain with both psychological and social aspects of life.

Our service users in recovery will be sharing their personal stories with them. In addition, Kate McDougall,GDAS Clinical Service manager will show them around the Newport base and introduce them to the teams. They will get to meet our engagement,active treatment and recovery teams. They will also be able to meet the Gwent IRIS team who specialise in criminal justice interventions.

GDAS would like to thank the service users who are supporting this and sharing their stories over the next few weeks. These weeks are important in helping the new students gain a better understanding around addiction and recovery.