This programme runs under ‘The KEYS Project’ which is a UK registered charity established in 2013. The KEYS Project was set up by Dr Stephen Smith, a GP specialist in substance misuse, to coordinate a programme of church based community detox.

Dr Smith writes:

“Through my work in drug clinics and in particular, from work in an in-patient drug and alcohol detox unit, I recognised that a large number of people are seeking a spiritual route to recovery (especially via the 12-steps used by Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous). I was also aware that many church groups are offering spiritual as well as practical support to people caught up in addictions. I therefore sought to facilitate the work of these groups by setting up a supportive medical service, which has become ‘KEYS Community Detox’. This involves helping small church teams to support their clients by liaising with the client’s own GP or prescribing drug clinic."

The KEYS Project is supported by an experienced board of trustees. Furthermore, Dr Smith has had high-level support in developing robust protocols for the programme from two distinguished consultants in addiction psychiatry, Dr Fergus Law (Consultant Addictions Psychiatrist Consultant Addictions Psychiatrist and lecturer at the University of Bristol) and Dr Keron Fletcher (Consultant Addictions Psychiatrist – now retired – South Staffordshire & Shropshire Healthcare NHS FT).

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If you would like to hear more about the work of KEYS, have a listen to Steve's recent interview with Premier Radio: