AN alcohol and cocaine addict in recovery who has turned his life around is set to launch a new £7 million rehab centre in Cuddington.

Martin Preston became addicted to the substances after developing an almost fatal bout of meningitis aged just 15, which left him with crippling anxiety and depression.

By the age of 18, he was dependent on cannabis and drinking a bottle of spirits a day, before a three-month spell in rehab helped him to kick the habit and he has been clean and sober since.

The now 36-year-old is now set to open ‘Delamere’, the only purpose-built facility of its kind in the UK, to help addiction sufferers benefit from its bespoke treatment programme.

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Artist impressions of the new centre

“Delamere rests on the fundamental belief that addiction is a symptom of trauma, psychological distress or mental ill health,” said Martin.

“Addiction can be a lifesaving coping mechanism, without which someone may not have made it.

“Entering rehab is an act of courage and strength which should be celebrated, and at Delamere we believe in recovery and support, not blame.”

The centre will be directed by esteemed addiction specialist Mike Delaney, and world-leading expert on wellness, Prof Sir Cary Cooper, will sit on its advisory board.

Speaking about the new centre, Mike said: “Delamere is the most authentic and forward-thinking organisation I’ve worked with.

“Martin’s experience of rehab himself and with Port of Call means he understands the playing field and the pitfalls.

“It’s very exciting for everyone involved and for potential guests to come into an environment like that.”

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Mike Delaney and Sir Cary Cooper

Prof Cooper, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School, added: “Martin has great enthusiasm and passion for what he does, which means Delamere is far more than just a commercial activity.

“He has created something different to really change people’s lives, and facilities like this are much needed.”

The new, discreetly located centre is set in six acres of green belt beside Delamere Forest and will replicate a modern barn conversion with high ceilings and huge glass panel walls.

Guests will typically stay for four to six weeks, costing £3,500 per week.

This will include 24-hour medical supervision in 24 en-suite rooms, which have an emphasis on home comforts and away from institutionalism.

Due to open at the end of the year, Delamere will create 30 jobs.

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